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KENYA: THE STORY OF BRENDA

Within the UFBR and ASK alliance, CHOICE works togeth-

life. I discovered that I was prejudiced and discriminating

er with partner organization NAYA (Network of Adoles-

others unknowingly.” After being a youth advocate with

cents and Youth of Africa) in Kenya. NAYA endeavors to

NAYA for two years, Brenda is now very active and open

achieve an enabling environment that fosters youth and

minded: “I have been advocating for sexual and repro-

adolescent’s Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights.

ductive health and rights of young people and for the implementation of progressive policies in my country. I

THE PREVIOUS SITUATION: KEPT IN THE DARK Growing up, Brenda knew little about reproductive health: “Not a single parent in my village would talk about it.” Brenda remembers how, when she was 13, her science teacher gave

am also participating in radio shows through which we

“SOME OF MY FRIENDS MADE UNINFORMED

a lesson on the reproductive system:

be finished.” For Brenda it was the first time that she received some form of sexual education. Proceeding to high school, the situation remained the same: “We were always kept in the dark. We would gather information about sexuality on our own, but

a change in my country.” THE CURRENT SITUATION: SHARING KNOWLEDGE AND BEST PRACTICES

DECISIONS

Last April, Brenda had the oppor-

AND BECAME

of the Commission on Population

PREGNANT OR

was a great opportunity to expe-

MARRIED AT A

carry out advocacy on an interna-

“Our teacher warned us, that if any of us dared to laugh, the lesson would

inform youth. I am passionate to see

YOUNG AGE.”

most of it was incorrect. Because of

tunity to attend the 48th Session and Development in New York: “It rience a new environment and to tional level. I interacted with other youth advocates and we shared our experiences from different regions.” Brenda learned from her peers about

this, some of my friends made uninformed decisions and

different challenges and best practices: “I learned that

became pregnant or married at a young age.”

we cannot achieve change on our own, we need to work together.” Brenda is ready to continue her work in her own

THE INTERVENTION: BECOMING A YOUTH ADVOCATE

community: “Knowledge is power, that is why youth need

When Brenda joined NAYA, she was shocked to hear about

to be informed. Meaningful youth participation is the key

LGBTQI issues and abortion topics. However, after receiv-

to sustainable development for every country, youth need

ing some trainings, she learned to change her attitude: “It

to be involved in all development initiatives.”

was a good learning opportunity for me to examine my

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