10 Young Leaders, 10 Promising Solutions to Benefit Girls & Women

Janna Oberdorf, Women Deliver

Stephanie Platis, Global Health Strategies

10 Young Leaders, 10 Promising Solutions to Benefit Girls & Women

Women Deliver Awards US$50,000 in Seed Grants to Young Advocates in Africa, Asia & Latin America 

New York, NY – Today, in celebration of International Women’s Day on March 8, Women Deliver awarded seed grants of US$5,000 each to 10 young people to support projects aimed at advancing girls’ and women’s health and rights in their communities.

Women Deliver also launched an online voting competition that will allow the public to vote for the project they believe will have the greatest impact. Voting will close on March 20 at 5 PM EST, and the winner will receive an additional $500 for his or her project.

“These young advocates were chosen from every corner of the globe for their ingenuity, ambition and promise,” said Jill Sheffield, Founder and President of Women Deliver. “Our grants will give these rising stars the tools, support and funding they need to change girls’ and women’s lives in their communities and beyond.”

The Women Deliver C-Exchange Seed Grants were funded by Johnson & Johnson and WomanCare Global. Both are members of the C-Exchange, a Women Deliver-led private sector forum that also includes Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals, GE, HRA Pharma Foundation, MTV Staying Alive Foundation, and Merck (known as MSD outside the United States). The C-Exchange offers and encourages opportunities for public-private and private-private collaboration to improve maternal and reproductive health.

“We know that if we want to advance girls’ and women’s health globally, we cannot act alone,” said Saundra Pelletier, CEO of WomanCare Global. “Collaboration is critical – and the Women Deliver C-Exchange helps forge partnerships across sectors to deliver for girls and women everywhere.”

At the Women Deliver 2013 conference, the C-Exchange launched a Youth Initiative to create new opportunities to engage and empower youth.

“Young people have fresh, new ideas to overcome maternal and reproductive health challenges in their communities, but they do not always have the means to transform proposals into projects,” said Joy Marini, Executive Director of Corporate Contributions at Johnson & Johnson. “The C-Exchange Seed Grants are investments in young people, their creativity and, ultimately, our future.”

Seed grant recipients were selected from a group of outstanding young advocates under the age of 30, known as the Women Deliver 100 Young Leaders. Applicants were required to complete an e-course that helped hone their skills on advocacy project management and development, and proposals were assessed by an internal review board.

The selected projects will tackle a range of sexual and reproductive health-related issues, including increasing access to youth-friendly services and information in Uganda; helping young urban mothers change policy in Mexico; and ending child marriage in rural Zimbabwe.

“The Women Deliver Young Leaders Program has helped me to develop the skills I need to be a strong and impactful advocate for young women in Tanzania,” said seed grant recipient Maureen Anyango Oduor, who is the Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health Coordinator at African Peace Ambassadors Tanzania (APAT). “Thanks to this grant, I will have an opportunity to launch my own mobile health campaign to ensure that young girls in my community have better access to critical health information and services.”

Please visit our website to learn more about our 10 young leaders and their 10 promising projects.

Full List of Women Deliver 10 Winners (In alphabetical order by name)

  • Ajidagba Emman Babatunde (Tunde), Nigeria, Campus Health & Rights Initiative
    Campus Sexual and Reproductive Health Promotion Initiative: Protecting university students against HIV/AIDS and sexually-transmitted infections.
  • Cecilia García Ruiz, Mexico, Espolea
    Adolescent and Youth Motherhood Project: Helping young Mexican mothers speak out about their sexual and reproductive health needs.
  • Chukwudera Bridget Okeke, Nigeria, Concern Women International Development Initiative
    Reducing the Burden of HIV/AIDS Among Female Sex Workers and Their Clients: Empowering female sex workers to protect themselves against HIV/AIDS.
  • Humphrey Nabimanya, Uganda, Reach a Hand Uganda (RAHU)
    Peer Educators Academy: Enabling young people to advocate for reproductive health services and rights.
  • Martin E. Wanzala, Uganda, Allied Youth Initiative
    Better-Quality Access for Youth: Bringing organizations together to achieve policy change in Uganda.
  • Maureen Anyango Oduor, Tanzania, African Peace Ambassadors Tanzania
    Plan at Hand Girl Empowerment Project: Using mobile technology to deliver reproductive health education and services to adolescent girls.
  • Nargis Shirazi, Uganda, WO-MAN Foundation
    Full and Richly Empowered About Sexual Health: Inspiring creative solutions to improve the reproductive health of Uganda’s urban youth.
  • S M Shaikat, Bangladesh, SERAC-Bangladesh
    Jagoroni – Social Rising for Dowry and Early Marriage Prevention: Equipping youth to monitor and address child marriage and dowry violence.



Women Deliver is a global advocacy organization bringing together voices from around the world to call for action to improve the health and well-being of girls and women. Women Deliver works globally to generate political commitment and resource investments to reduce maternal mortality and achieve universal access to reproductive health. For more information, visit

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    • Mar 11
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    KMET-Kenya advocates for Girl Child rights on Adolescent Sexual Reproductive Health information and this is one of the core issues we deal with in the western parts of Kenya.

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