Ngwedha Hilka Amadhila

Ngwedha Hilka Amadhila - 2016 Nominee
Position: Student ,SRHR Activist and Volunteer
Organization: Namibia Planned Parenthood Association (NAPPA) Youth Action Movement YAM
Hilka is a hands-on advocate for youth people's rights to accessing information and services that can impact lives in a positive way. She has experience working with both in-school-and-out of school youth mainly hrough the Youth Action Mouvement. – Christopher Agweyu, Programme Officer at IPPF
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

I have worked on a documentary on abortion which focuses on educating young people on the use of family planning methods such as intrauterine device (IUD) this was done to reduce unsafe abortion.I have empowered young people through condom demonstration and distribution the I DECIDE campaign ,where we went out in the communities and educated young people on their bodies having to be part of supporting the rights of women and girls to decide,freely,and for themselves, whether, when, and how many children they want to have is the way forward to changing the perspective of women and girls in the way we were brought up. Being properly informed about sex and the risks around it and able to choose not to have sex or who to have sex with as well as having the confidence and the ability to say no.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

This business of making babies with no long term thinking beyond the pleasure of the biological act that caused the sperm and egg to meet, needs tonumber of teenage pregnancy ,baby dumping and unsafe abortion that happens in my community sparked my passion for family planning as this damages a girl emotionally. Having to see so many young people that lack the necessary knowledge on what to do when they fall pregnant,not having accurate information on where to go and what contraceptives to use.

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

low use of modern methods of contraceptives ,most young people are aware of modern family planning methods but have the wrong information on what it does such as it stops you from giving birth. we need to have relevant sex education classes in secondary schools. We need to talk about free and anonymous birth control easily available at state hospitals and clinics. Stop the nonsensical pronouncements that birth control encourages people to have sex; they're having lots of sex already!

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

Comprehensive sexuality is a challenge as it is not a compulsory subject in schools so the only way to make sure that people are aware of their bodies we need to change the school curricular to make comprehensive sexuality education a compulsory and promotional subject that way we can reduce all this new infections as well as achieving the sustainable development goals.

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

In 5 years time i see myself as a leader that will transform my community from where it is now to where i want to see it in 5 years with the skills ,knowledge and energy that i have.I see myself as having gained a lot of knowledge in family planning to positively impact my community.I would like to help my community and country at large in the following areas through behavior change,decreasing teenage pregnancies and changing the mind set as well as changing the school curricular to make CSE.

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