William Otuck

William Otuck - 2016 Nominee
Position: Director of Human Resources / Artist / Women Deliver Young Leader
Organization: International Youth Alliance for Family Planning
Otuck has musical talent and a passion for advocacy like no other. He can entertain an audience of over 1000 while sharing important messages about SRHR. His "I am a girl" song is a huge hit with a deep meaning and can be found on the IYAFP website! – Jillian Gedeon, Co-Executive Director at International Youth Alliance for Family Planning
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

Apart from being a service provider for more than two years where I was also working on providing Family Planning services, I am the director of Human Resources at the global network of young people who works on Family Planning, the International Youth Alliance for Family Planning (IYAFP), where we work to create a space and build capacity of young leaders who are passionate about FP. I am also an advocate for young people's access to FP services through music. My recent work is the song titled "Girls" which can be found at Me and my colleagues had an opportunity to perform the closing ceremony of ICFP 2016 in Bali, Indonesia. Here is the link to the performance.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

I have always been interested in SRHR, partly because my family's medical background. FP came into greater interest after a short chat with my mother one day. That day I realized that it was because she used FP that I was able to go to better school and that she could manage to take care of me and my younger sister after being separated from my father who happens to have other three women and total of more than 12 children.

From there on I wanted to see all women having access to FP.

What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced in your family planning efforts, and what have you done to overcome it?

Dealing with myths and misconceptions surrounding modern contraception within my society. This is the greatest challenge I face everyday. I am working everyday to try and address these myths and misconceptions by talking to people directly, using my social networks and using my music.

What is your (country/region/city)’s biggest challenge in family planning, and how can it be addressed?

The biggest challenge is lack of access to FP services for most of places, especially in rural areas. The government should work on the commitments they have made to ensure that there is availability of these services and that they are affordable and of good quality especially for young people. Other stakeholders like SCO's and international organizations should work hand in hand with the government to ensure this goal is fulfilled.

What do you want to accomplish in the next 5 years?

I want to inspire more young people to work on SRHR particularly Family Planning through my music. I also want to advance my knowledge, experience in leadership and family planning issues and to expand my scope of work from advocacy to research, programming and policy making.

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