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Tonny Muzira

Tonny Muzira - 2019 Nominee
Position: Country Coordinator
Organization: International Youth Alliance for Family Planning
Current Location: Uganda, Africa
Bachelor of Business Administration
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
SET-SRHR TOT Certificate through Makerere University School of Public Health/Rutgers on 2019-05-17
TOT Nutrition Certificate through World Vision Uganda on 2016-03-04
Awards Received:
  • Award:
    Communications Advocacy
    Awarding Organization:
    International Youth Alliance and Family Planning and Population Reference Bureau (PRB)
    Date Awarded:
    February 10, 2019
75 Public Votes Reached!
Mr Tony Muziira leads the IYAFP- Uganda network which works with various local organizations to advance family planning in the community. He has developed networks and attended high level meetings to give the youths voice on SRH issues in Uganda. – Babirye Ruth Grace Kakoba, Peer Educator at Medical Students For Choice Mbarara Chapter
Muzira participated in developing the scorecard for Reproductive Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health strategy (2015-2020) by the Ministry of Health and was instrumental in the formulation of Uganda's Sexuality Education Framework.- Brian Mutebi, Executive Director, Education & Development Opportunity – Uganda
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

I am a Family planning Youth Champion under the Rise project funded by DFID UKAID being implemented by UNFPA, Marie stopes Uganda and African Youth and Adolescents Network, Uganda Chapter. Iam the Country coordinator for the International Youth Alliance For Family Planning in Uganda www.iyafp.org , a youth-led organization (15-30) which works on sexual reproductive health and rights but focuses on Family planning creating a platform for young people to be on the forefront of leadership both Globally and National level in taking part in Decision making. I am also a Blogger at:http://tmuzira.wordpress.com/ where I have written articles about the importance of Family planning and how it contributes to attainment of the Demographic Dividend and Accessibility of contraception among young people, I have advanced family planning through Research and Policy Advocacy for instance I was part of the team that developed the Sexuality Education Framework that was launched in May 2018.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

My passion for promoting Family Planning began from my home in Jinja, Eastern Uganda where my grandfather had over 30 children and my father was the third born in a family of 30, where 10 were girls and 20 were boys. In our society women or girls were married off as early as 14 yrs which meant that women didn’t have a right to make their own decisions on when to marry and how many children they would want to bear since it was a patriarchy society where only men would make decisions. It is because of this background that inspired me to start advocating for women’s rights such that they can attain education and decide when to get married and also decide how many children they would want to have such that they can be like men in order to have an #EqualWorld.

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

I like the spirit of partnerships and inclusivity of everybody in my work. For us at IYAFP our work is based on a human rights based approach therefore I work with community leaders to inform my peers to demand for services. Through using an evidenced approach to inform advocacy interventions for instance we have a project that is going on currently where we carried out research in three districts of Uganda that is Kampala, Kabale and Mayuge. The project is Empowering Evidence Driven Advocacy which we are implementing with Population Reference Bureau (PRB).

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? :

As a champion for promoting family planning and a girls rights campaigner, I believe that this platform will improve on my actions in order to have a greater impact in my advocacy work since they will be different networking and speaking opportunities that will build a bond and share experiences with other colleagues to create more partnerships to help support girls and women in my community. The $1000 grant will help me in integrating nutrition interventions into family planning in order to reduce infant and maternal mortality rates due to malnutrition and under nutrition among teenage mothers and their babies through innovative nutritious foods and emphasizing breast feeding.

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