Sarah Kuponiyi was born and raised in Nigeria. She received a Bachelor of Science in
Microbiology from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife in 2017. As a Founder and Executive
Director of A Well-Informed Adolescent (AWA) Initiative, Sarah leads the team in creating and
managing Safe Spaces that ensure young people can achieve their potential by enabling them
access to essential sexual reproductive and mental health education and services, quality formal
and technical education and opportunities to create livelihood like skills acquisition and
empowerment without being exposed to discrimination, harassment, emotional or physical harm.
She also leads innovative school-based interventions on adolescents’ sexual reproductive health
As a Beijing Eaglet (younger women advocate) for UN Women Nigeria and National Gender
Youth Activist for UN Women HQ, she uses her skills to advocate for 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.
She is also a 2019 nominee for 120 under 40 New Generation of Family Planning Leaders,
recipient of Sustainable Solutions Africa 30 under 30 2019 and Cohort 15 participant for Young
African Leaders Initiative (YALI) RLC Emerging Leaders Program in West Africa.
A woman/girl has the explicit right to control all aspects of her health, in particular her own fertility.
Recognizing this right is also recognizing human rights.