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Tashrifa Silayi

Tashrifa Silayi - 2019 Nominee
Position: Grants and Capacity Building Manager, Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health Programme
Organization: Options Consultancy Services Ltd
Current Location: Kenya, Africa
Bachelors Degree in Development Studies from Makerere University
75 Public Votes Reached!
Tashrifa is a dynamic adolescent and youth advocate and mentor on SRH/FP. She has supported more than 5 counties in Kenya develop their CIPs as well as increase their family planning allocation. – Nominator
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

I have worked with county decision-makers in Kenya to help them understand how family planning (FP) is integral to development through budget tracking and supporting the formation and strengthening of FP Technical Working Groups. I also have ensured that county strategies and plans prioritize FP through the development of Costed Implementation Plans, County Government Work Plans and strategic development plans that have programs prioritizing FP. By mobilizing and building capacity of youth led organizations, I am creating a movement of young champions for FP. This leads to support for reproductive rights and overcomes social opposition to FP access especially by the young people. Currently, my efforts are geared towards ensuring FP access for adolescents who have experienced abortion.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

Unwanted pregnancies are most common among young people in Kenya. Adolescents account for an estimated 2.5 million of the approximately 19 million unsafe abortions that occur annually in the developing world. However, Kenyans still shy away from the reality of young people having sex and that they need to access FP information and services. The urgency in ensuring that this script changes and that more young people are being reached with the reproductive health choices they can have drives me.

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

I nurture grass root organizations to ensure they have the technical and institutional capacity to provide an enabling environment for young girls to access contraceptives. I have also worked with county governments, building their capacity on program based budgeting hence ensuring that FP is being prioritized in government work plans and other strategies. Using Human Centered Design ensures programs developed are by the girls themselves and this increases FP access even after an abortion.

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 partner with youth-led grass root organizations to build the capacity of young people to engage with their governments so that FP continues being a priority to these governments. I will also support their media engagements so that conversations around young people and reproductive health are brought to the forefront. I will engage and partner with them to develop a GIS ( Geographic Information Systems) map to help identify where youth friendly FP services can be accessed.

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