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Sarah Kuponiyi

Founder, awa initiative

Sarah Kuponiyi is a public health development practitioner who is passionate about young people’s health and development, Menstrual health, health system strengthening, gender equality, and sustainable development goals. She has worked for both International and local Non-Governmental organizations in Nigeria whose focus includes HIV epidemic Control, Gender equality, Youth Development, SDGs, SRHR, and menstrual health over the last five (5) years.

Sarah is committed to ensuring equal access to sexual reproductive health services for young people this she does through her organization A Well-Informed Adolescent (AWA) Initiative by bridging the gap in service delivery, through safe space service, peer health education, advocacy, implementation, and design while creating an innovative solution to address sexual health service challenges.

Having experience period poverty as a teenager spurred her to start a sustainable solution to addressing this. She founded  Alora Reusable Pads a social enterprise addressing period poverty through the production of reusable cloth pads and the provision of menstrual health hygiene education in Nigeria.   Sarah is a certified IMSafer Instructor by No Means No World Wide using feminist principles to teach girls skills they need to protect themselves from sexual violence such as verbal, physical, and mental skills.  She uses her skills to advocate upholding of human rights for sexual and reproductive health as the key to ensuring that women and girls can be equal and free to make decisions in all spheres of their lives, without discrimination, without violence or coercion, and with the assurance of their dignity upheld.

At the global level, she helps the UN Women with generation equality, plan the CSW Youth forum, leads consultation with youth constituents and networks, and designed action blueprints for Generation equality this she has been doing as a National Gender Youth Activist (NGYA). A former pioneer deputy coordinator for Young Africa Leaders Initiative (YALI), a sustainable solution 30 under 30 fellow, and a trained peer health educator by Geneva Foundation Medical Education and Research (GFMER). She is a 2022 Chevening Scholar studying Master Public Health at Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) United Kingdom.

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