A huge shout-out to all the amazing youth out there fighting for their rights and standing up for their perspectives!
Like Édouard. Édouard is a 29-year-old currently living in Mali and has been a Country Coordinator with IYAFP for a year and a half. Since joining our team, he has been connected with other incredible youth (ages 15–30) in 59 countries worldwide, he has been given opportunities to attend conferences and meetings, and he has been given the opportunity to apply for a seed grant to run a local, family planning related project in his community.
With only 1000 USD, he successfully informed and improved awareness of contraceptive usage among more than 300 youth. He also created 5 radio shows (!!) and led two small conferences promoting sexual and reproductive rights for youth. Local religious leaders attended these conferences and participated in important conversations to learn about why it is important to decrease barriers for youth and train powerful community members about family planning. His project received so much traction among local members; he was even featured in the local newspaper!
Édouard is one of the many IYAFP youth who recognize a need for youth-based advocacy and action. This example demonstrates the commitment and tenacity that youth bring to the table at home and abroad. We hope to continue supporting youth with their efforts
via our project grants, our advocacy and capacity building workshops, and relationship-building within the network.
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