Katswe Sistahood founder wins Gates Institute linked 120 under 40 prize

Talent Jumo, the founder and coordinator of Katswe Sistahood has been announced as one of 40 winners of the 120 under 40: The New Generation of Family Planning Leaders for 2017 prize.

Talent Jumo

The prize comes with $1,000 grant and access to a platform created with the support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health at the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She says this is what she will do:

Promote #TellEveryGirl Campaign; through social media, and printed material. The Campaign will saturate homes, social platforms, and communities with contraceptives stories. We’ll promote short and long term methods, including emergency contraception; and condoms. Portraits & Short videos will be used to generate dialogue on the negative effects of contraceptive stigma, and ignorance. The goal: Every citizen should #TellEveryGirl and support them to access comprehensive SRHR services.

The process took place for the first time in 2016; 2017 is the second round. It will repeat once more in 2019, so that 120 young family planning champions will be assembled by 2020, a highly significant year for the family planning community.

Katswe Sisterhood has been in the news of late because an expose on the abuse of girls being used as child prostitutes in Harare.