Nelly Lukale

Nelly Lukale - 2016 Nominee
Position: Program Coordinator
Organization: YWCA of Kenya
Nelly has experience implementing sexual reproductive health and rights at all levels, connecting local context to all policy making spaces. She has played a key role in mobilizing and coordinating regional and global summits for young women and was part of the team that developed an empowering training module on leadership and capacity building for young women in Africa as champions for SRHR and HIV. – Vanessa Anyoti, SRHR and GBV Program Coordinator at YWCA of Tanzania
Nelly has worked with the YWCA Kenya for almost 5 years now advocating for reproductive health rights of youth in Africa. She has created cultural and moral bridges by not only advocating at international (as an African YWCA youth representative in UN MDGs meetings) and national level (though YWCA Kenya) but also at the local level in her and other villages in Kenya. – Alice Murage, Public policy master's student and human rights activist at Willy Brandt School of Public Policy
Nelly is fearless when it comes to advocacy for access to family planning by Kenyan young women. she helps especially teenage mothers from slums to access full range of affordable, acceptable, and effective contraceptives. – Nominator
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

I am self-motivated SRHR Advocate for reproductive health rights of youth in Africa. I have created cultural and moral bridges by not only advocating at international platforms and national level but also at the local level in my and other villages in Kenya where family planning is not a topic widely discussed. With a strong conviction on importance of access to  family planning services to teenage mothers and women,  I single handedly founded the Hope in Action Network  to  mentor such vulnerable groups by providing guidance on family planning and other reproductive health challenges. Nelly represents what the new generation of family planning should stand for: leaving no one behind regardless of culture, age or social and economic status.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

Growing up in a community that had many myths surrounding family planning, Women had no choice in determining the number of children they wanted, This got me thinking of how important it would be for these women to learn about their SRHR and how and where to access family planning services. As a community health nurse I started secretly meeting young women under a tree and talking openly about family planning and why it is important for our own health and that of our children

What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced in your family planning efforts, and what have you done to overcome it?

The major challenge is mobilizing resources and political will to support effective family planning programs especially SRH information and services for young people. By establishing partnerships with other organizations working on the same issues, we have been able to come up with safe spaces where young people can access SRH information and services and are assured of trust and confidentiality

What is your (country/region/city)’s biggest challenge in family planning, and how can it be addressed?

Although the impact of inaccessibility to family planning services  to women and girls living in marginalized areas is highly documented and acknowledged, very little effort has been put in place to overcome it. There is limited access to information on family planning services. There should be strong advocacy, sensitization and an increase in demand for supply of modern contraceptives to all. comprehensive sexuality education to be included in school carriculums. 

What do you want to accomplish in the next 5 years?

Make the world a global village by creating a pool of SRHR advocates who can make a difference in their communities. Use every open platform to advocate for improved SRHR policies, sensitize communities, schools and religious bodies about FP2020 and ensure our policy makers understand the importance of including CSE in our school programs as this will greatly reduce teenage pregnancies and unsafe abortions.

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