Khadijah Moore

Khadijah Moore - 2017 Nominee
Position: President-YAM Dominica; Co-Founder- Leve Domnik; Board Director- DPPA & CFPA
Organization: Dominica Family Planninng Asociation/ Caribbean Family Planning Affiliation
Current Location: Dominica, Caribbean
Associate's Degree from Dominica State College/ English, English Literature
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
Certificate- Peer Counselling
Certificate- Sexual Health Training
Awards Received:
  • Award:
    Women Deliver Youth Scholarship
    Awarding Organization:
    Women Deliver
    Date Awarded:
    May 1, 2015
  • Award:
    Miss Green Gala
    Awarding Organization:
    DSC Environmental/Biology Club
    Date Awarded:
    April 18, 2015
Khadijah is a passionate leader, her expertise has impulsed successful awareness-raising campaigns like #LévéDomnik. She advocates for the right of women and youth to exercise their sexual and reproductive rights volunteering at executive levels. – Génesis Luigi, IPPF/WHR Youth Network Coordinator at International Planned Parenthood Federation
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

Through island-wide poster campaigns, fundraising advocacy, and school sensitization, focusing heavily on Comprehensive Sexuality Education, access to contraceptives, HIV/AIDS & abortion, I have been able to reach scores of young people and adults alike, breaking sexual taboos and stigma, one community at a time.
In 2016 during 16 Days of Activism, I cofounded the #LévéDomnik social media campaign, generating a safe space for individuals to share anonymously, their stories of abuse and street harassment. Within the first week, over 500 stories of abuse had been posted on Facebook. By facilitating training camps, collaborating with NGOs across island, I have been able to successfully disseminate information regarding family planning to students at every level.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

I received limited sexual health education in school, so when the opportunity came to advocate for a cause, I chose Sexual & Reproductive Health & Rights. I soon realized the many barriers, inclusive of sex taboos, hindering fundamental understanding of young people's sexual health. The youth had questions and they felt most comfortable when people their age answered them. The youth wanted contraception but were easily shunned or ridiculed if they went to the FP clinic. I just had to contribute!

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

I was a key organizer in the 2014 Loud Silence campaign mobilizing youth groups, HIV and Cancer Societies, Women's Council and other NGOs in a 'fact-based awareness operation' through the streets of Roseau, Dominica. By wearing 'facts and stats' tshirts and posters our messages about HIV/AIDS, Gender-Based Violence and Condom Use reached thousands of indivuals. In that same year, I was elected to serve as board director of the DPPA and the CFPA, local and regional family planning organizations.

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 am named one of the winners of the 120 Under 40, I will use the grant to fund a small project for teachers in a rural community in Dominica. This will be a project where I and other youth advocates will facilitate a Comprehensive Sexuality Education workshop for teachers, using toolkits and workplans as guides to getting them on the right path to teaching CSE in age-appropriate ways. Sex is still a taboo topic, so by doing this, teachers will better equipped to educate the students.

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