MARY FAFA AWUDI - 2019 Nominee
Position: Sex Educator and Peer Educator
Organization: Sex Ed Blog and Sex & Sanity Podcast
Current Location: Ghana, Africa
Bachelor's Degree from University of Ghana/Animal Biology and Conservation Science
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
Peer Educator
75 Public Votes Reached!
In Ghana, there is a huge myth on Sex Education among people. The blog with the help of the other social media outlets have given a lot of young individuals the needed courage to embrace their sexuality without being afraid of what society thinks. – Donne Agbesi, Student at University of Ghana
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

I have used my website and blog as a platform to educate people about family planning and accessing contraceptives in Ghana and Africa. I have written articles about reproductive health and I work tirelessly to provide people with everything they need to know about family planning on my social media platforms. I have distributed condoms for free to people and advised them alongside about the importance of having safe sex. I have referred people to doctors and the planned parenthood clinic to be administered contraceptives. My article about contraceptives has racked up 500 views and one about safe abortion has racked up 15519 views and people keep coming to me with questions relating to family planning that I give them answers to.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

Being a member of the Planned Parenthood Association of Ghana club in University of Ghana made me realize how ignorant both educated and uneducated adults are about family planning and sexual health. It fueled my passion for family planning. People refuse to opt for family planning because of myths associated. Teenage pregnancy, unsafe abortion and death of pregnant women are on the rise. More children are being born with HIV, and the streets and orphanages are flooded with abandoned children.

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

I have created a telegram channel for comprehensive reproductive health and family planning education. I have over 200 subscribers who trust that I have every information they need about family planning. They talk freely about family planning and tap into each other's knowledge. They comport themselves and whenever I talk, I get everyone's attention. I am organizing seminars and shows with my subscribers to educate more people, make them feel like a part of a community and have more members.

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? :

This new platform and international recognition will get me the exposure I need to educate more people in Ghana, Africa and the world. I have been wanting to further my education by applying for an Advanced Postgraduate Diploma in Global Sexual and Reproductive Health to build knowledge and get the certification I need to undertake more family planning projects. The only thing holding me back is the lack of funds. If I am named a winner, I will use the $1000 grant to pay for my tuition.

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