Zainab Gurin Aminu

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Zainab Gurin Aminu - 2017 Nominee
Position: Program officer
Organization: Centre For Girls Education
Current Location: Zaria/Nigeria, Africa
B.Sc Microbiology from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria,Nigeria/Microbiology
Zainab provides adolescent girls with life skills and ASRH information in girls only mentored safe spaces .She trains them on advocate to relevant stake holders on improving girls access to RMNCAH issues including SRHR. – Margaret Bolaji, Program officer at Population and Reproductive Health Initiative
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

Through CGE we have helped enroll and retain more than 10,000 marginaized adolescent girls in school there by delaying the age of marriage by 2.5 years and delay the onset of child birth which will in turn help the girls reach their maximum potential in life and improve the well being of the society at large. I have trained adolescent rural girls on advocacy and we have advocated for free safe and quality Education for both boys and girls for 12 years and also the right of girls and women to access quality ASRH and RMNACH services. 100 role model mothers have been equipped with knowledge on the importance of ANC and the use of FP commodities in rural communities and are now advocates to other women and girls in their communities.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

Working as a volunteer with the CGE I came across girls in rural communities whose dreams where shattered due to early marriage, they were not given the oppurtunity to go to school or had to drop out because their parents married them off at a very young age making them mothers at tender ages. this informed my decision to help marginalized girls stay in school and reach their maximum potential in life.

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

I have led adolescent girls on advocacy visits to relevant stake holders like the ministry of health, women affairs and the state government on the importance of women and girls having access to free and quality RMNACH and ASRH services in their communities. I have trained more than 80 mentors who mentor marginalized girls in girls only mentored safe spaces in rural communities on basic literacy, Numeracy, Life skill and Economic skills to help girls reach their maximum potential in life.

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? :

If named a winner, I will use the grant to further advocate to more stake holders on the importance of girl child education and the importance of rural women having access to family planning commodities and visiting Ante Natal clinics during pregnancy and going to the hospital during delivery to ensure safe delivery through radio jingles, community engagements and advocacy.

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