Dear readers, welcome to another episode on the Rebrand Nigeria Ambassadors Series!
Thank you for joining us today, as we celebrate a young and talented Reproductive Health Expert and Girl-Child Advocate. She is Elizabeth Talatu Williams.
Elizabeth is the Founder and CEO of Sustainable Impact and Development Initiative for Adolescent and Youth (SID INITIATIVE); a youth-led and youth-focused non-profit organization that promotes and advocates for sexual reproductive health and well-being of Nigerian youths. The foundation is tackling issues surrounding unplanned pregnancies, unsafe abortions and STIs such as HIV/AIDS that are among youths in many communities. The organisation was established in April 2019 and so far, they have reached over 370 youths in Lagos and environ.
Talatu launched into the development sector at age 17 after graduating from secondary school in 2013. She applied to participate in the Youth Skills Development Programme (YSDP) in Action Health Incorporated (AHI) where she got selected among other to work as Youth Programme Assistants in the field of Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR). Even after gaining admission into University of Lagos to study accounting, Elizabeth has continued to work and volunteer in sexual reproductive health (SRH) based-organisations.
In 2015, she represented Nigeria on the Girls Engagement Advisory Board where she spoke on the importance of gender equality at the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
Her expertise in managing projects that range from SRHR, Female-genital mutilation, gender-based violence, HIV/AIDS has gained her many local and international opportunities. She works as the National Deputy Coordinator of the African Youth and Adolescent Network on Population and Development (AFriYAN), Nigeria, member of the UNFPA Youth Participatory Platform (YPP) and the YPP Youth Coordinator in their Lagos office, Vice Chair on the Youth Sub-committee for the Society for Adolescent and Young People Health (SAYPHIN), Nigeria among other roles.
Elizabeth as received much recognitions such as Young African Leader Initiative (YALI) Regional and Leadership Center Alumnus, West Africa, a Life Planning for Adolescent and Youth (LPAY) Champion with the Nigerian Urban Reproductive Health Initiative (NURHI) 2 etc.
BBC Media Action Naija has also recognised her for advocating SRHR among youths through the media. She is among the 50 African Women in Development – 2020 by Donors for Africa Foundation.
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God bless Nigeria!!