Lynette Ouma

Lynette Ouma - 2019 Nominee
Position: Research and Advocacy Associate
Organization: International Youth Alliance for Family Planning - IYAFP
Current Location: AFRICA-KENYA
BA Linguistics and Communication from Moi University
75 Public Votes Reached!
Lynette led Kenyan youth present memo to County Government of Nairobi to allocate a budget for Youth Friendly Services and Family Planning commodities. This yielded an allocation of Kenya Shillings 300 million towards FP for youth. – Tom Oludhe, Founder and Executive Director at AfyaElimu Community Based Organization
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

In February 2019, I led my team and presented a memo to Nairobi County government to allocate a budget line for AYFS and FP commodities. This led to an allocation of Ksh. 300 million for AYFS!!!
I am currently leading a team under IYAFP in Narok to form a youth FP technical working group. This will be the first of its kind to have the county government allow youth to sit in decision making tables and air their asks. 10 youth from Narok will be in the TWG.
In March 2019, I represented the youth in high level panel during the 6th annual devolution conference. My pitch on AYFS, FP commodities, technology and budget lines moved decision makers to prioritize the SRH needs of young people. This was documented in the final communique as point 10.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

I grew up in a slum where most of my friends dropped out of school due to teen pregnancy and others suffered from unsafe abortion related problems. My own cousins in the village dont go beyond 10the grade before being victims of teen pregnancies and child marriage. When i learned about FP, my zeal to reach as many girls in my village and slum is undying since i see it as the only way to reduce the menace of poverty in my area caused by un empowered young women.

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

I train FP advocates in high learning institutions as a mentorship tact.
Apart from advocacy, i do join service providers during community outreach programs to ensure young people are reached too and create the link between advocacy and service delivery.

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? :

I will use this platform and resources to initiate male involvement on FP dialogues in Seme sub county where girls rarely go beyond 10th grade because of teen pregnancy. These conversations will involve community leaders like chiefs, village elders and school chairs .They have the power to increase access and promote enabling environment for the entire community to start conversations on teen pregnancy.

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