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By Saikou Suwareh Jabai
A young Gambian, named Andrew Gibba, has been nominated for the next generation of family planning voices 120 Under 40. These voices are The New Generation of Family Planning Leaders who recognizes and highlights the achievements of the next generation of family planning leaders worldwide.
Due to his continued advocacy on family planning and sexual reproductive health and right, Andrew Gibba is the first and only Gambian ever to participate in this global race.
If he is named among the 40 winners, Andrew will receive $1.000 from the Gate Institute to accelerate his advocacy on sexual and reproductive health and rights within The Gambia. He will also be invited to the United States for series of celebrations, events and activities about World Contraception Day in September 26 2017.
Speaking to the Press, Andrew expressed delight to be nominated as the first Gambian to represent the next generation of family planning.
“These are great achievements. We cannot harness the demographic dividend and ultimately reduce poverty if people still believe that Family Planning is a taboo to talk about. Family planning is not a privilege, but a right, yet too many women and men are denied this human right.”
He said being part of the final 40 winners, will help him enormously in realizing his advocacy objectives and furthermore contribute in enhancing the lives of many people across the country through programmes on sexual and reproductive health and rights.
About Andrew Gibba
Mr Andrew Gibba is a sexual and reproductive health and a gender Base violence activist. With over five years experience as a radio presenter, Andrew is currently working for Paradise FM.
He provides a platform for youth in a talk show called “Youth Show” that is on radio every Saturday. Sponsored by UNFPA The Gambia, the show discusses pertinent issues such as education, child right, sexual and reproductive health, gender based violence, violence against women, women empowerment etc.
Andrew is passionate about advocating for policies that give opportunities to youth to make informed choices on their sex and sexuality in becoming agents of change on issues surrounding SRH in Gambia.
In the Gambia, young people were not privileged to freely express themselves; this motivated him to dedicate his time advocating for youth to use the media as a channel to express themselves and break the culture of silence against SRH in Gambia.
As the Chairperson for Youth Action Movement under The Gambia Family Planning Association, Andrew host the “All Girl Day” from 2015 to 2016.
For his continuous advocacy on SRH, he also attended the Women Deliver Conference 2016 in Denmark to join the global community in the advocacy for women health.
As information officer for Your Change For a Change (YCFaC), Andrew worked with communities in helping them develop life transforming self-led programs having lasting impacts in the lives of many. Key among the numerous initiatives includes the mobilization and distribution of over 3000 bed nets and a free health fair for children under-five and pregnant mothers across the country under the End to Malaria Campaign Project Scheme. He also hosts and coordinates all radio programs for UNFPA The Gambia family planning campaign in Central River Region (CRR) in 2016 and Upper River Region (URR) in 2017 respectively.
Andrew’s vision is to expand his platform for youth to reshape the brand of Africa and end all stigma against SRHR, through active youth participation in national and global development. Also, help youth to actively participate in politics by engaging in policy dialogue with policy makers, and stakeholders in The Gambia to help youth assume leadership roles and serve as change makers.
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