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Winfred Apio

Winfred Apio - 2019 Nominee
Position: Program Officer SRHR and Gender Equality
Organization: Uganda Youth and Adolescents Health Forum (UYAHF)
Current Location: Uganda, Africa
Masters Degree in Human Rights and Democratization in Africa from University of Pretoria
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelors degree in Community psychology
75 Public Votes Reached!
Winnie is a kick ass feminist, a human rights defender and poet that uses her passion and talent advance the reproductive rights of vulnerable girls. She has supported more than 2000 refugee girls in uganda to access FP services and information. – Patrick Mwesigye, Team Leader at Uganda Youth and Adolescents Health Forum (UYAHF)
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

I have worked towards advocating for the rights of young people to access correct information and family planning services for close to 7 years. This has been through carrying out community outreaches to some of the hard to reach areas in Uganda. I have also worked with different vulnerable and marginalized groups like refugees and sex workers; offering them correct information and referral for Family planning services.
My work has also involved online and digital advocacy for young people's rights to access family planning information and unbiased services. This was done through a health radio show talk show that I hosted and is still being done through the adolescent policy advocacy work that I am currently engaged in.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

When I was about 20, I visited a clinic that stated that they offered family planning services 'for all'.When I got in to ask for some services, the lady informed me that I am too young and should not be engaging in sex before marriage. This utterly perturbed me because I imagined other girls who may have visited clinics like these and been refused services due to cultural biases. I was driven to advocate for the right of young women and girls to access family planning information and services.

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

I take lead in advocacy, program design and implementation in my work. Due to the fact that the target audience to whom I reach is young women and girls, I utilize innovation in all the programming.
For example, while I hosted a sexual reproductive health radio show, I incorporated a section on entrepreneurship because most young people's harmful sexual behavior is caused by either a lack of finances or lack of knowledge on how to manage it.

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 am very passionate about learning new and innovative ways to impact my community. Should I be named a winner, I would like to use the platform to learn from other family planning champions on some of the best practices to reach and impact more youth. I would also like to have the opportunity to empower the different people in my community by inviting other champions to motivate and inform them.

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Photos of the nominee in the field/at work
Carrying out a rapid assessment on teenage pregnancy and child marriage in Kyaka II refugee settlement Speaking on  SHE DECIDES panel about movement building on promoting women and girls' bodily autonomy Holding an SRHR information session with pupils at Kisaasi Secondary school

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