Promoting Access to Contraception for university students
Makananelo addressed the high rates of pregnancy at the National University of Lesotho, outside the capital city of Maseru. Despite having a clinic on campus, the services are not youth-friendly or accessible to students. By collecting stories about contraception access from female students, Makananelo raised awareness of the barriers that these young women face when trying to access contraceptive information and services on campus and advocated for a stronger comprehensive sexuality education program at the university.
Through her project, Makananelo:
- Reached 1,000 students with contraceptive information and met with 200 first- and second-year students to bust myths and provide youth-friendly information
- Interviewed 10 female students, some of whom were pregnant, about their access to contraception
- Created a website to share stories with university management to advocate for friendlier and more accessible sexual and reproductive health and rights services on campus
Check out Makananelo's website!
Makananelo is a human rights and social justice activist from Lesotho. She is particularly passionate about the rights of girls and young women, leading her to co-found an organization called Development and Leadership Centre. The organization advocates for the rights of youth, with a specific focus on the sexual and reproductive health and rights of girls and young women in grassroots communities. She is a Country Coordinator for the International Youth Alliance for Family Planning in Lesotho and holds a Masters Degree in Women's Law from the University of Zimbabwe.