Each year, August 12 marks International Youth Day, bringing global attention to the diverse issues young people face, and shining a light on young people as powerful agents of change. As a trained community journalist and sexual and reproductive health youth champion with White Ribbon Alliance (WRA) Kenya, I am proud to use my voice to bring change to my community in Narok County, Kenya.
I dream of ending gender-based violence in my community, including harmful practices like female genital mutilation and child marriage. After witnessing too many girls go through these experiences, I began educating adolescents and their parents through community dialogues on sexual and reproductive health and gender equality. These dialogues have been so important in supporting adolescents to understand and make decisions about their bodies and to know their rights. They have also spotlighted the great interest among young people in practicing and advocating for self-care to advance sexual and reproductive health and bodily autonomy.
As such, I was honored to join as a panelist at the Self-Care Learning and Discovery Series earlier this month at a session on self-care and young people. I invite you to join me in celebrating youth voices by listening to and sharing the recording of the session. Together, let’s make sure that young people aren’t just part of the conversations on sexual and reproductive health, gender equality, and self-care, but driving them.