A STORY MAP OF YOUTH VOICES
Gvantsa collected stories, photos, and videos from young people in Georgia about their experiences with contraception, family planning, and reproductive health.
Holding workshops in different regions of the country, Gvantsa trained 72 young people in advocacy strategies around sexual and reproductive health and rights and created a website for her project, where she highlights advocacy messages, quotes, and a photo campaign. Gvantsa believes that this project shines a light on young people’s needs and perspectives about their sexual and reproductive health at the national and international levels.
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Gvantsa is a consultant at the Institute for Democratic Changes and Regional Coordinator for the USAID-funded healthcare project in Georgia. In her role, she works to ensure an appropriate national policy and program response in the evolving Georgian healthcare system.
After graduating from Tbilisi State Medical University with a medical degree, she started working with Planned Parenthood in Georgia. She was awarded the Edmund S. Muskie Graduate Fellowship that allowed her to pursue a Master of Public Health at the University of Missouri- Columbia. She specialized in global health, promotion, and policy. In 2007, she became a member of YouAct - The European Youth Network on Sexual and Reproductive Rights, where she has facilitated several trainings on women’s rights, youth sexual and reproductive health, resource mobilization, and human rights. During her time with the organization she served as a member of the steering committee, as the fundraising officer, and as the communications task force leader.
Gvantsa has been involved in various national and international events as a participant and presenter. She was part of the Youth Caucus at the 47th Session on the Commission on Population and Development where she reached out, met with, and consulted with Georgia’s Ministry of Health and Ministry of Youth and Sports, as well as members of the Georgian delegation and Georgian Permanent Mission to the UN.
Follow Gvantsa on Twitter at @Gvanca