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Mateenah Odoi

Mateenah Odoi - 2019 Nominee
Position: SRHR Advocate/PRO,YUWM.
Organization: Young urban women's movement
Current Location: Accra Ghana
Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations from Ghana Institute of Journalism
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
- Diploma in Journalism, Doxa Open University, Accra-Ghana.
- Certificate in Information Technology, BlueCrest College, Accra-Ghana.
- Certificate in Advocacy and Campaign, Global Platform, Accra-Ghana.
- Certificate in Leadership training, University of Ghana, Legon-Ghana.
-Certificate of participation. YALI network
Awards Received:
  • Award:
    Best Volunteer
    Awarding Organization:
    Unicef AGOO Project
    Date Awarded:
    July 1, 2015
  • Award:
    Best Community Organisation
    Awarding Organization:
    Ga-West District Assembly, Accra.
    Date Awarded:
    May 10, 2018
  • Award:
    Miss Communicator
    Awarding Organization:
    Ghana Institute of Journalism
    Date Awarded:
    May 28, 2019
75 Public Votes Reached!
She is the current miss Akwaaba who uses interactive methods in the engagement of the youth like a dance club, "Dancexercise", rural exchange programs, documenting stories on SRH and social media campaigns. This were achieved through being efficient – Tanaka Chirombo, Student at University of Livingstonia
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

Due to our sensitisation through drama and story telling, we have effected a drastic reduction in Teenage pregnancy in 5 communities through high patronage of Family Planning services. A survey revealed that most of the youth did not visit health facilities to either enquire about family planning or access services because of it being operated by adults. As such, we successfully lobbied at the district assembly for an adolescent friendly youth corner currently operated by us. We visit schools and communities to distribute free condoms to maximise safe sex.
I purchased a camera to shoot skits on family planning services and document victim stories to help encourage others which we intend to share on social media platforms in order to raise awareness and change behaviour.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

At 17, I was raped and impregnated. My weekly antenatal visits made me aware of how many young girls were in that same situation. Whiles conversing with some of them, I realised that unsafe sex was the highest cause of this menace.
For a girl coming from a strict family as myself and within a culture that depicts family planning as an abomination, I took this as a mistake that could not be rectified so I decided to ensure that less or no young girl on my watch would get pregnant.

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

- I structure our itinerary for a particular period of time mostly a quarter to guide volunteers and youth groups as I monitor and evaluate.
- I coordinate seminars, organise sensitisation walks and have a rapport with all the young people we work with to assure them of their doubts and to answer their questions at any time.

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 started skills training with the youth to help make them independent but due to lack of capital, most of them who graduated ended up not using the skill so I would start it again, giving them a startup. I would also invest in the documentation of stories surrounding FP we just started to reach a wider coverage as we intend to upload them on youtube. I would also use part to finish up a community theatre we are putting up. I would go beyond our current work areas: India, Ghana and South Africa.

Video Introduction
Photos of the nominee in the field/at work
Sensitisation Walk Interactive Theatre Seminar on condom use.

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