Judy Amina

Judy Amina - 2017 Nominee
Position: Youth Country Coordinator
Organization: SRHR Alliance Kenya
Current Location: Nairobi, Kenya -Nairobi
B.A Journalism and Media Studies, Development Communication from University of Nairobi
Judy a vibrant young girl who has been strongly advocating for the Sexual and Reproductive Health and rights of young people in Kenya. As a Youth Country Coordinator, she has been bold about the issues of young Kenyan girls and boys. – Ayantu Degefa, Youth Country Coordinator at GUSO alliance Ethiopia
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

As the youth country coordinator of the Kenya SRHR Alliance, I have had numerous opportunities to push the youth SRHR agenda in the country. First of all, I sit in the technical working group with the ministry of health in Kenya regarding adolescents sexual reproductive health and rights. In this technical working group I have been a strong advocate on the inclusion of age appropriate comprehensive sexuality education with family planning as one of the strongest factors. I coordinate a group of 30 SRHR champions in 6 different counties in Kenya who implement advocacy activities to change the SRHR situation in their specific areas. These SRHR situations include; improvement and development of youth friendly centers, ending female genital Mutilation, early marriages and teenage pregnancies.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

Young people below the age of 25 constitute 66% of the total population in Kenya. contraceptive prevalence rates among sexually active young girls 15-19 is 49% and 64% among those aged 20-24 years and 20,000 girls seek care for abortion related complications each year.Majority of young people have an unmet need for family planning. My goal as a young leader is to have a healthy and empowered generation of young people who can access quality reproductive health services including Family Planning.

Give one or two examples of how you display leadership in your family planning work.:

Coordinating young people who are SRHR champions to implement advocacy activities in their counties with the aim of improving their SRHR situation. To end teenage pregnancies the recommendations given include; creating awareness and availability of family planning in schools, communities and youth friendly facilities.
I as well advocate for the implementation of the National Guidelines for provision of Adolescent Youth Friendly Services in Kenya to improve the uptake of quality SRHR services

If you are named a winner of 120 under 40, how will you use this new platform and the $1000 grant to advance your work? :

If I'm named winner, I will continue to improve the SRHR status among young people. I will advocate for the increased demand and uptake of quality family planning services with quality care and equity in access through media and social campaigns, support community sensitization, development and dissemination of IEC materials on family planning and supporting the community participation in the provision of SRHR services specifically family planning.

Photos of the nominee in the field/at work
Judy Amina talking to young people about the importance of having a voice in their health, Judy Amina taking part in an advocay workshop on young people's SRHR

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