Okeke Chukwudera Bridget

Okeke Chukwudera Bridget - 2017 Nominee
Position: Programme Manager
Organization: Concern Women International Development Initiative
Msc from University of Manchester UK
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
Management and Implementation of Development Projects
Awards Received:
  • Award:
    Finalist Award on Social Impact
    Awarding Organization:
    British Council Alumni Awards - Nigeria - Social Impact Award
    Date Awarded:
    March 7, 2016
  • Award:
    Seed Grant
    Awarding Organization:
    Women Deliver
    Date Awarded:
    March 12, 2013
Bridget has built the capacity of over 1000 female students between the ages of 14-21 on sexual rights, pregnancy prevention, HIV prevention, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, safe spaces etc – Nominator
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

Bridget provided 2000 women, 5000 men, with SRHR information. Cultivated 50 men each, including traditional rulers across 7 local government of Benue as champions of SRHR including family planning. Built the capacity of 7000 FSW both in Benue State & FCT including 2600 PLWHA on SRHR. A total of 2600 women received SRHR services in the camp during the herds men attack in Ikpele and Okpopolo communities of Benue State . Organized community dialogues with key stakeholders and women groups create awareness for the services provided at the PHC . Trained14 community healthcare workers selected from seven primary healthcare centres in Abuja Municipal Area Council and Kuje LGA of Abuja to render RH and FP to rural improvised women who hereto had little access to these services.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

Access to contraceptive information is central to achieving gender equality. As a young women from a rural poor commodities who have witness young women, with unintended pregnancy, increased risk of HIV and other STIs as a result of lack of knowledge on SRHR including FP. Thereby leading to decreased in women’s autonomy within their households and reduction in their earning power and low economic security and well-being of their families. I vowed to advocate for SRHR access for women

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

My ability to build the capacity of 7000 FSW in both Benue and FCT on SRHR who successfully cascade the skills to their peers, trained 14 community healthcare workers selected from seven PHC in Abuja and Kuje to render RH and FP services to rural women and their ability to cascade the skills to other health workers. Also lead the provision of FP commodities Oral and injectable types of contraceptives as seed commodities to seven PHC enable them provide quality FP to rural women.

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? :

Enhanced my advocacy skills, interact with peers, experts, academics, entrepreneurs and technical experts learn solutions to unlock logistical problems, social barriers, such as opposition by partners, families or communities etc preventing women from accessing Family planning services. Avail me the privileged to work with federal governments and other partners championing FP services in my country. plan more innovate activities that will involved young people , enhance the knowledge on FP.

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