Ten young men and women were recently appointed as World Contraception Day (WCD) Ambassadors: In the course of a three-year program initiated by non-governmental organization Women Deliver and Bayer they will promote the goals of WCD – raising awareness for young people’s sexual and reproductive health and rights including contraception. The program is part of the ongoing efforts of Bayer and its partners to empower young people to act as youth advocates and speak up for their needs.
The newly appointed 2016 WCD Ambassadors focus on storytelling about contraception, family planning, and reproductive health for young people and adolescents. For example, in Latin America, Kizanne James is developing an app for phones that contains information about different types of contraception, including where to find them, across Trinidad and Tobago. Franklin Gnanamuthu of India is creating a documentary to capture the real life challenges faced by both married and unmarried young boys, girls, and transgender youth in acquiring the correct knowledge and accessing quality sexual and reproductive health services.
The ten 2016 ambassadors are (from left to right): Adebisi Adenipekun from Nigeria, Melissa Fairey from Canada, Trang Le from Vietnam, Kizanne James from Trinidad and Tobago, Franklin Gnanamuthu from India, Kinga Wisniewska from Poland, Nana Abuelsoud from Egypt, Ali Kaviri from Uganda, Makananelo Ramoholi from Lesotho, and Talimba Bandawe from Malawi.
“We are thrilled to continue this exciting partnership with Women Deliver to achieve our shared mission of elevating youth voices,” said Klaus Brill, Vice President Global Healthcare Programs of Bayer. “Bayer hopes to help young people live better and healthier lives for themselves, their families, and their communities, and that starts with sharing their stories.”