Stephanie Kimou

Stephanie Kimou - 2017 Nominee
Position: Founder/Principle Consultant
Organization: Population Works Africa
Current Location: Washington DC
Masters from Georgetown University
Stéphanie Kimou has focused her ardent attention towards advocating for the voices of youth culturally silenced. Working with young leaders to prepare them to advocate for family planning to their leaders, ensuring change for their generation. – Nominator
Stéphanie has organized workshops in six (6) francophone African countries aimed at providing marginalized groups with advocacy skills to earn and save money, improve their health and well being, and to play an influential role in their country's decisions concerning family planning access. – Yvette Pappoe, Lawyer, University of Maryland School of Law
Stéphanie works with youth in Francophone Africa. She engages in capacity building on SRHR advocacy to equip youth to engage and strategise with stakeholders and government officials about family planning and the realisation of their SRHR. – Nominator
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

My achievements are the achievements of the young people I work with everyday. As a behinds the scenes advocate, I build the capacity of young leaders in franco-phone Africa and Kenya on how to best formulate their policy asks into, clear, impactful, advocacy messages for decision makers in their countries. I give technical assistance to youth led organizations on how using data in particular will bolster their messages, and also how they can effectively communicate these data driven asks to policy makers. These interactions have led to my contribution in uplifting the talents, and efforts of Africa's young advocates as they use their passion to ensure young people have complete and uninterrupted access to family planning.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

My passion started in high school, during one of my summer vacation trips to Abidjan. The older I got, the more I noticed the differences between those of my family members who had access to family planning, and those who did not. From early pregnancy, dropping out of high school, HIV/AIDs, more and more of my young family members were becoming economically trapped because they did not have access to contraception.

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

Again, I lead by teaching, mentoring, and helping grow the capacity of young African leaders who are at the forefront of this important work: I've worked to develop advocacy tools for the young ambassadors of the Ouagadougou Partnership countries. I worked, formed, and helped finalize their advocacy messages, along with training them on how to communicate these messages for maximum impact.

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 develop an online advocacy platform for young leaders where they can access resources that will help them when they have the opportunity to speak with policy makers and decision makers in their country. This online platform will include webinars, advocacy toolkits, communications curriculums, and other digital media young advocates can use anytime, anywhere.

Photos of the nominee in the field/at work
Training with the Youth Leaders of the OP!, Training on data and advocacy at ICFP youth pre-conference!, How to use advocacy tools training with young leaders in Abidjan!

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