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14th December, 2020

Aminata Badiane Thioye is committed to promoting the sexual and reproductive health rights of adolescents and young people


Topic
Global Financing Facility


Aminata Badiane Thioye is involved in promoting the rights of women and girls since from her university time, advocating for a more academic framework conducive to the success of girls students (representation of girls in student groups, creation of nurseries to support female mothers to continue their university studies).
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PROFILE AND CONTEXT

Aminata Badiane Thioye is involved in promoting the rights of women and girls since from her university time, advocating for a more academic framework conducive to the success of girls students (representation of girls in student groups, creation of nurseries to support female mothers to continue their university studies). She joined the National Youth Alliance for Reproductive Health and Family Planning (ANJSRPF) in 2016, an organization that works in several regions of Senegal. Initially responsible for the gender and human rights office, she is currently responsible for advocacy and communication. Aminata coordinates projects and programs for various partners (Amplifychange, Girl Generation, CSO GFF Hub, Intrahealth )

GFF EXPERIENCE

Engaged in the GFF from the beginning of the process, Aminata represents young people in the Senegalese Civil Society Coalition on the GFF. It has helped to strengthen the capacity of young people to better understand the GFF, to be involved in the development and monitoring of the implementation of Senegal's Investment Case (IC). Aminata has allowed many young people in French-speaking countries to benefit from her experience of the GFF in Senegal and use of monitoring tools developed through the "Nafooré" project supported by the GFF CSO Hub. Peer learning helps to better integrate adolescent sexual and reproductive health into GFF projects, and strengthens social accountability, especially at the community and decentralized level.

Challenges

Indeed, according to Aminata, despite the financial contribution of the GFF, there are still many challenges in these regions regarding the sexual and reproductive health rights of adolescents and young people:

  • Inadequate services for adolescents and young people;
  • Insufficient resources allocated to SSRAJ services with problems in recruiting midwives, spaces, equipment.
  • Gender issues (boys and girls) are not included in the provision of DSSR, nutrition or civil status services.

For Aminata, among the winning strategies for meaningful engagement in the GFF is the creation of spaces where young people identify and implement advocacy programs and priorities. She adds that it is important to boost youth engagement in the GFF, which must be based on three principles: tools, resources and connections.

Recommendations

The actors involved in the GFF at national, regional and international level should look at the activities of young people in the National Investment Cases, in order to close the gaps in terms of funding. Strategies for mobilizing resources, aligning and sharing best practices need to be identified to better address the sexual and reproductive health of adolescents and youth in the GFF.

Aminata Badiane Thioye is involved in promoting the rights of women and girls since from her university time, advocating for a more academic framework conducive to the success of girls students.