Olivia Otieno

Olivia Otieno - 2019 Nominee
Position: Co founder and Director Programs
Organization: Empower HER Initiative
Current Location: AFRICA-KENYA
Graduate from Bsc.Public Health
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
• Smart Advocacy – Amref Health
• Civic Leadership – Young African Leaders Initiative, East Africa(YALI)
• HIV Testing services (NASCOP Certified)- Amani Institute Kisumu
Awards Received:
  • Award:
    Best trainee Research poster that contributes to the Reproductive Health of women and Girls
    Awarding Organization:
    Center for International Reproductive Health Training
    Date Awarded:
    April 5, 2019
  • Award:
    Selected as a change Maker for Project Pakati
    Awarding Organization:
    African Leadership Institute-AFLI
    Date Awarded:
    April 16, 2019
  • Award:
    Next Generation Women Leaders Finalist
    Awarding Organization:
    Mckinsey And Company Inc.
    Date Awarded:
    April 5, 2018
75 Public Votes Reached!
Co-founded Empower Her Initiative Took part in the initial drafting of the Kenya SRHR Alliance meaningful youth participation guideline. Chairperson Kenya SRH Alliance youth council Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI)cohort 23 Alumnus 2018 – Patricia Orawo, Advocacy Officer at KMET
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

My involvement with family planning started with educating Young mothers in universities about their sexual and reproductive health rights in one of the universities in the western region of Kenya and them having groups in which they continuously educate and provide each other with SRHR information ,my team and i has been able to do this in four other public universities and have reached more than 200 young mothers and more than 1000 students in campus .As a youth advocate ,i have been in the forefront in championing advocating for allocation of resources to family planning in the county budgets through NAYA Kenya and engaging Members of county Assembly .Through this family planning was given its own budget line in financial year 2018/2019,it was allocated Ksh. 46,167,393

What sparked your passion for family planning?

While in campus i noticed students with pregnancies who ended up dropping out of school;this reality hit me when my friend conceived and faced a lot of ordeals and that there is an unmet need for contraception among students in campus and young people within the community .My passion for girls' education inspired me to become an SRHR champion to ensure young women can access reproductive health information and services and this has been made possible through our community Based Organization

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

Taking lead and guiding other young people to come up with memorandums that prioritizes reproductive health and investment in youth friendly centers and presenting this to the members of health committee in the county assembly in Kisumu county .Presenting issues of young people to policy makers in different platforms ;during meeting held for members of county assembly and in public participation and contributing in the development of kisumu county adolescent and young people

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 will continue to engage with other university students on issues of family planning and create youth friendly mobile clinics to meet the contraception and reproductive needs of young people in remote areas and,and to continuously engage with policy makers to ensure prioritization of reproductive health of young people and making them accountable to the international,national and county treaties that they are signatories to.I will also use media as a tool to share information on contraception

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