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Patricia Orawo

Patricia Orawo - 2019 Nominee
Position: Advocacy Officer
Organization: KMET
Current Location: Africa, Kenya
Bachelors Degree of Laws (LLB Hons) from Moi University - School of Law
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
Reproductive Rights as Human Rights: An Interactive Course for Advocates by Centre for reproductive Rights
Advocacy for universal Health Coverage by World Bank
Media advocacy training by Advance Family Planning
SMART Advocacy by JHPIEGO and AMREF.
Awards Received:
  • Award:
    Young leader in Sexual Reproductive and Rights
    Awarding Organization:
    IWHC
    Date Awarded:
    March 23, 2019
75 Public Votes Reached!
Founded a ‘keep girls in school’ project. Participated in the 63rd CSW at the UN. Selected as a young leader by International Women’s Coalition (IWHC) Appointed to the Kisumu County Education Board Published numerous papers on Family planning – Moses Ochieng, Journalist at Freelance
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

I have been implementing grassroots, budget and policy advocacy.
Grassroots
I have successfully engaged in sensitising teachers, local administration, teachers, religious leader among others on the return to school policy and the adolescent rights to access information and services. This has seen more girls retained in school.
Budget & policy
I have been involved in drafting FP costed implementation plans in 4 counties in Kenya. Since the plans are costed, I have also successfully advocated for allocation of budgets towards Family Planning. I have also been actively involved in a number of policy reviews e.g the sexual offences Act, the debate on age of consent among others. Currently I am involved in the advocacy of SRHR inclusion into UHC political declaration at the UN.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

Growing up in a rural community, I saw first hand what having unmanageable number of children does to a family's economic situation. I saw women who couldn't afford a meal give bith to 8+ children just because patriarchy dictated that she had to seek permission from her husband to access services or she didn't have the right information on contraceptives. I wanted to change this narrative and make sure all women take charge of their reproductive rights and choices. I am still a girl on a mission

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

I sit in a number of technical working groups in which I prioritise the FP needs of women, I have regular community dialogues with women and document their stories to share with policy makers with a view of having them prioritise reproductive needs of women. I also advocate at national regional and international level to ensure women's reproductive health is always on the table. Lastly I sit on a county education board where I bring out the relationship between SRHR and education for girls

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 use this platform to educate policy makers on the need to prioritise the family planning needs of girls and women. I will also engage in documentation of the effects of lack of access to family planning and its impact towards the general economy of counties and wellbeing of families. I will engage in strategic advocacy by using the media including social media and start a campaign around why women's reproductive health must begin to matter and demonstrate why its better for the society

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