Our #OnePerson for the month is Kelechukwu Lucky Nwachukwu, a 29-year-old Human Rights, Gender Equality and Anti-Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) activist.
Passionate about making a difference in the community, one good advocacy at a time; Kelechukwu has been a vital member of society from an early age. At 19, he was elected the Chairperson of the Abuja chapter of the International Youth Council.
Since 2014, he has been fighting Female Genital Mutilation and has impacted over 1200 communities across six states in Nigeria. Through his work as the Program Manager at Youth Network Against Female Genital Mutilation (YNAFGM), over 500 communities in Nigeria have publicly declared their abandonment of Female Genital Mutilation.
In addition to ending Female Genital Mutilation, Kelechukwu is also passionate about gender equality, and has taken part in several consultations and conferences on gender – some of which include the Youth For Change event and the Girl Summit in London, in 2014.
In January 2019, Kelechukwu founded the Youth Network for Community and Sustainable Development (YNCSD), a youth-led movement creating social change by engaging young people on sexual and reproductive issues affecting them and amplifying their voices to speak for Human Rights through targeted advocacy.
He also founded the Gender Encouragement and Empowerment Project (GEEP), a project with the aim of mobilizing adolescents to fight for women’s rights and advocate for more women to hold governmental positions and be elected into office.
Through the funding secured from Amplify Change to fight FGM and advance the sexual and reproductive health and rights of adolescent girls; YNAFGM has been able to break the barriers limiting adolescent girls from accessing safe and secure medical abortions in Osun, Oyo, Delta and Edo states.
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It is quite gratifying that Kelechukwu’s advocacy work has not gone unnoticed.
Well done, Kelechukwu. We look forward to hearing and seeing more of you!
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