Women Deliver Announces New Cohort of 200 Young Leaders

Women Deliver is happy to announce the selection of 200 new and exceptional young advocates who will join the organization’s Young Leaders Program—a three-year fellowship opportunity for young people under the age of 30 who are working to advance the health, rights, and wellbeing of girls and women around the world.

The new Young Leaders come from over 94 countries and work on a variety of issues, including family planning, HIV/AIDS, gender-based violence, and youth leadership and participation.

“Becoming a Women Deliver Young Leader is an amazing opportunity to learn, participate, and network with other amazing young advocates from all around the world,” said Young Leader Sarah Ashaya Soysa from Sri Lanka, who has been a peer educator for 6 years. This is an ideal platform to build a strong movement together and stand for what we believe, in solidarity.”

Women Deliver seeks to harness the untapped potential of youth advocates who are passionate about maternal, sexual, and reproductive health and rights. From 2010 to 2014, Women Deliver supported 200 Young Leaders from over 68 countries by offering workshops, online learning communities, scholarships to key events, seed grant funding, and high-level networking, speaking, and media opportunities.

“The work of the Women Deliver Young Leaders inspires me every day,” says Katja Iversen, the CEO of Women Deliver. “They are the change agents of the present AND the future, making progressive change in their communities, their countries, and internationally, with an unbelievable amount of energy and dedication.”

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Many of the Young Leaders are now working in civil society organizations, sitting on boards, speaking at global high-level events, and changing their communities.

The new cohort of Young Leaders will begin their first e-course in June on human rights, global health, advocacy, and communications, and will come together at the May 2016 Women Deliver Conference, in Copenhagen, where they will be an integral part of the conversations taking place on a wide range of issues.

Here is a list of selected Young Advocates from Africa:
Southern and Eastern Africa
  • Kelebogile Simula (Botswana)
  • Claudia Banze (Mozambique)
  • Unami Moatswi (Botswana)
  • Helena Leonard (Namibia)
  • Bazoza Lina (Burundi)
  • Appoline Nyirarwasa (Rwanda)
  • Desire Habonimana (Burundi)
  • Jean Paul Ndayizeye (Rwanda)
  • Nehsuh Alongifor (Cameroon)
  • Ifrah Warsame (Somalia)
  • Elma Aseneh (Cameroon)
  • Ahmed Abdirizack (Somalia)
  • Joannes Paulus Yimbesalu (Cameroon)
  • Nsovo Mayimele (South Africa)
  • Desmond Atanga (Cameroon)
  • William Otuku (Tanzania)
  • Tankou Sokoundjou (Cameroon)
  • Evelyn Anyiko (Uganda)
  • Jude Thaddues Njikem (Cameroon)
  • Ali Kaviri (Uganda)
  • Belachew Etana Tolessa (Ethiopia)
  • Florence Nabweteme (Uganda)
  • Temesgen Bele (Ethiopia)
  • Patrick Segawa (Uganda)
  • Yosef Terku (Ethiopia)
  • Steven Twinomugisha (Uganda)
  • Caren Odanga (Kenya)
  • Ephraim Kisangala (Uganda)
  • Collins Paul (Kenya)
  • Jessie Nalungwe (Zambia)
  • Vivian Onano (Kenya)
  • Namakando Simamuna (Zambia)
  • Catherine Nyambura (Kenya)
  • Chibuye Chelwa
  • Diphus Ng’eny (Kenya)
  • Vincent Nacidze (Zambia)
  • Elizabeth Okumu (Kenya)
  • Annah Sango (Zimbabwe)
  • Mark Gachagua (Kenya)
  • Angeline Makore (Zimbabwe)
  • Oketch Nick (Kenya)
  • Maximina Jokonya (Zimbabwe)
  • Makananelo Ramoholi (Lesotho)
  • Nozipho Moyo (Zimbabwe)
  • Rasolomampionona Kanto Ericka (Madagascar)
  • Melody Gwenyambira (Zimbabwe)
  • Irene Zalira (Malawi)
  • Onward Chironda (Zimbabwe)
  • Williot Lumbe (Malawi)
  • Tinashe Nyoni (Zimbabwe)
Western and Central Africa
  • Marlene Bewa (Benin)
  • Salissou Sani Isaak (Niger)
  • Ulrich Hounkpatin (Benin)
  • Olaoluwa Abagun (Nigeria)
  • Annick Thiombiano (Burkina Faso)
  • Blessing Digha (Nigeria)
  • Yamtoaye Nadjihotongar (Chad)
  • Georgeleen Ekon (Nigeria)
  • Mireille Muhigwa (Democratic Republic Of Congo)
  • Cecilia Aransiola (Nigeria)
  • Ebrima Ceesay (Gambia)
  • Jennifer Amadi (Nigeria)
  • Isatou Bittaye (Gambia)
  • Chiamaka Uzomba (Nigeria)
  • Edith Asamani (Ghana)
  • Kelechukwu Nwachukwu (Nigeria)
  • Hikmat Baba Dua (Ghana)
  • Gbemisola Osadua (Nigeria)
  • Musah Sherifatu (Ghana)
  • Onyeka Akunna
  • Richard Dzikunu (Ghana)
  • Isaac Ejakhegbe
  • Francis Armah (Ghana)
  • Adebisi Adenipekun (Nigeria)
  • Leslie Abajong (Ghana)
  • Nnamdi John (Nigeria)
  • Mamadou Diallo (Guinea)
  • Boris Nwachukwu (Nigeria)
  • Phillys Gwladys Adjoua Kouassi (Ivory Coast)
  • Solange Mbaye(Senegal)
  • Jerome Saydee (Liberia)
  • Amadou Sidibe (Senegal)
  • Aissa Laouan Wandarama (Niger)
  • Francis Kamara (Sierra Leone)

Congratulations to all the selected Young Advocates.

Download the Full List of the 200 Selected Young Advocates

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of Women Deliver

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