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Dear Friend,

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.  

In solidarity,

Mary Dapash
Youth Champion
WRA Kenya

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World Water Week:

August 23-27 marks World Water Week and we’re elevating women’s and girls’ top demand for quality reproductive and maternal healthwater, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH). To deliver against this year’s theme of “Building Resilience Faster,” we must take Another Listen to What Women Want as women’s WASH requests extended beyond healthcare facilities to include water, sewers, and cleanliness for the entire village.

Take Another Listen…

Maternal and Infant Health Summit:

Save the date! Join us on September 15-16, 2021, at the 4th Annual National Maternal & Infant Health Summit, hosted by the District of Columbia’s Mayor Bowser. The 2021 Summit will address the changes that have taken place in the District of Columbia in support of pregnant women, moms, families, and babies, as well as inclusivity in health and wellness resources. White Ribbon Alliance is pleased to partner with the Mayor’s Office to support the Summit.

RSVP today…

COVID-19 Shows How Dangerous it is to Neglect Midwives and Community Care: We must reinstate and reinvest in community-based models of care.

Enugu State Government Looks to Adopt National Self-Care Guideline: In Nigeria, the Enugu State Commissioner for Health has pledged to domesticate the National Self-Care Guideline.

The Sue Atkins Parenting Show: WRA United Kingdom’s Executive Director Kay King joined Sue for a conversation on offering support for bereaved parents and their families.

Pushing for Gender Equality in Kenya: WRA Kenya united with women’s rights organizations to call for increased federal funding to end gender-based violence.

Donate to White Ribbon Alliance and join a global community empowering women and girls by supporting them to demand their rights to quality health care.
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Youth: We are the Change

In honor of International Youth Day, we’re celebrating youth voices like Patricia from Uganda. Youth are bringing transformational change by speaking up for their reproductive and maternal health needs and claiming their rights. Young voices must lead the way to design and inform the health and social services they desire.

White Ribbon Alliance
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