Nana explored the inaccessibility of contraception at local pharmacies for married and unmarried young women in Cairo, Egypt. Through in-depth interviews and focus groups with young people and pharmacists, Nana collected data on how attitudes and barriers may dissuade young people from using contraception. Nana used her findings to make recommendations to policymakers on how to make pharmacy services more youth-friendly.
Through her project, Nana:
- Surveyed and interviewed more than 100 women and about their experiences trying to access emergency contraception
- Produced a short video highlighting testimonials from young women about their experiences accessing contraception
- Created a website in Arabic to share young people's stories and raise awareness about the barriers that young people face when accessing contraception at pharmacies
Check out Nana's website and video!
Nana was motivated by patriarchal structures in her community to question the nature of gender roles and violence from a young age. While studying English and Italian at Ain Shams University in Cairo, she volunteered for an NGO called A Better World, carrying out an awareness campaign against sexual harassment. She also studied fertility and its social role in rural households while living in India. After moving back to Cairo, Nana resumed her work as a freelance interpreter, working closely with scholars and journalists on topics including sexual harassment and domestic violence.
Since the Egyptian uprising, Nana has become increasingly interested in social work and civic society, and is working for an NGO named Etijah, focusing on youth and development projects, including issuing national identity cards for five million women in 10 governorates, and training grassroots workers on sexual and reproductive health.