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Tikondwe Kaphagawani Chimkowola

Tikondwe Kaphagawani Chimkowola - 2019 Nominee
Position: Youth SRHR Ambassador/Intern Gender Officer/Writer
Organization: SRHR Africa Trust Malawi/ Ministry of Gender, Children,Disability and Social Welfare- Government of Malawi
Current Location: Malawi, Africa
Bachelor of Arts- Humanities from University of Malawi, Chancellor College
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
•SRHR for Adolescent Health Peer Educator Certification (UNFPA/ Family Planning Association of Malawi
•Certificate of Human Rights and Gender Justice Trainer (Faculty of Law, Chancellor College/ Gender and Justice Legal Clinic)
•Gender and Sexuality trainer of trainers- Women and Law in Southern Africa Malawi

Awards Received:
  • Award:
    Outstanding Young Activist
    Awarding Organization:
    UN Women Malawi
    Date Awarded:
    March 18, 2018
  • Award:
    Best Young Women's Short Story
    Awarding Organization:
    Malawi Writer's Union
    Date Awarded:
    April 13, 2018
75 Public Votes Reached!
"She has mobilizes young people to have their say and advocate for youth friendly SRH service policies . By debunking misconcaptions and stereotypes regarding young people's use of contraceptive methods through intensive youth to youth dialogue. – Nominator
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

Through the SRHR Africa Trust we have engaged and trained 200 young people and 10 community leaders in Kang'oma Traditional Authority on the importance of Young People's access to family planning, existing policies and guidelines on youth SRH service and myth debunking. The 200 young people were youth club leaders who are to train club members in advocacy for demand.
Through the same initiative we have constructed a Youth Friendly Health Facility at the local health centre where young people can access information and services on family planning and general sexual reproductive health with a specially trained practitioner.
Through the International Youth Alliance for Family Planning, I have managed to set up 4 Community Youth Health Clubs across rural and peri-urban areas in Lilongwe.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

My friend was pregnant at age 12 when I was 9 years old. In secondary school most of my friends continued to drop out due to early & unintended pregnancies despite learning about family planning in class. I then realised I lived in a society who deemed talking about sex & family planning taboo which means a lot of young people are ignorant. So I stole my mother's , who is a nurse, handbooks to widen my knowledge & share it with my peers in our dormitory back in school. But that wasn't enough!

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

I pursue independent community projects. This requires me to assemble other young people that are interested in the cause, train them & guide them with drafting action plans, monitor & evaluate their progress.
In some instances I liaise between youth groups & organisations interested in partnerships.
Now that I work for central government, I make sure the young people's voice is heard in all policy formulation and i share policies for us to be aware of our entitlements

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? :

The platform will enable me to liaise with a multitude of stakeholders that can aid in expanding my current work.
Regarding the monetary prize, I want to establish 6 more Youth Health Clubs in Mangochi and Nkhata-Bay where child marriage, early pregnancies and harmful cultural practices are highly prevalent. Since family planning services are free the resources will be channelled to capacity building for awareness, mobilisation and advocacy for service,demand and infrastructural support.

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