“Thank you for this opportunity you gave me to learn about contraception…”
- Valerie, participant of the workshop on young people’s access to contraception.  

This workshop was the last activity of my project, which aims to promote the discussion about contraception among young people in Côte d’Ivoire.

Overall, I am pleased to note that all activities I planned have been implemented during the project period. Over the course of three months, I had the opportunity to discuss sexual and reproductive health issues, particularly contraception, with young people in Côte d’Ivoire and collect their stories through photos and videos. The survey I developed has provided insight into some questions, like why do they use contraception and how well acquainted are you with contraception methods. Others activities have consisted of advocating using online media to alert stakeholders about contraception.

The Ivorian Youth Voices on Contraception project has been implemented successfully, and I am proud of that. But these successes have not come without challenges, like the political context in Côte d’Ivoire, which makes it difficult to take photos and shoot video. As this project comes to a close, the most important thing that must be done is the dissemination of the stories collected. Although I have been allowed to share photos and videos with stakeholders yet, I am committed to continue.

However, I’ve learned a lot from the implementation of this project and also from Women Deliver’s Young Leaders Program, which I joined in 2013. First of all, having skilled young people who are committed to the project is crucial. To achieve this, I asked some youth advocates to suggest young people who meet the criteria, which provided me with a short list for the selection.

I oversaw the project implementation in the role of manager. The Ivorian Youth Voices on Contraception project helped me to develop management skills such as planning, implementing, and decision-making. Most of the time, I found it easier to plan than to decide. I was also sure to have perfect control of my financial resources.

I am grateful to Women Deliver and Bayer HealthCare for the opportunity to participate in this global campaign as an Ambassador and to promote access to contraception for adolescents and young people. We are at the end of the project, but the work will continue to keep the flame alight.

About World Contraception Day:

In support of World Contraception Day and Women Deliver’s Young Leaders Program, Women Deliver and Bayer will work in partnership on a three-year World Contraception Day (WCD) Ambassadors Project. The project equips young people with the skills they need to collect and share digital stories about young people’s SRHR and access to contraception in their home countries. The project includes a storytelling and digital media training, a seed grant, and advocacy opportunities for the Ambassadors to showcase their work at the international level. 

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