Elizabeth Talatu Williams – Women Deliver
2020

Elizabeth Talatu Williams

  • Age: 26
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Young people can only contribute meaningfully to society and fulfill their true potential when they have access to sexual reproductive health information and services — the bedrock of gender equality.

- Elizabeth Talatu Williams

Bio

Elizabeth Talatu Williams was born and raised in Nigeria. She received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from The University of Lagos in 2019. As Founder and Executive Director of Sustainable Impact and Development Initiative, Elizabeth leads strategic interventions on young people’s sexual reproductive health, stakeholder engagement, resource mobilization, development of communication materials, media engagement, and advocacy efforts. As National Deputy Coordinator at African Youth and Adolescent Network on Population and Development Nigeria, is responsible for developing an annual work plan that includes projects, events, and membership engagement activities that fulfill the goals set out by the network, maintaining a database of member organizations and activities implemented, and serving as a focal point to the regional executives.

Additionally, Elizabeth is a Youth Coordinator at UNFPA Youth Participatory Platform, Nigeria Focal Point at African Youth Architect, volunteer at Slum2School, and Society for Adolescent and Young People Health in Nigeria Youth Sub-Committee Vice-Chair.

What ignited your pursuit for gender equality?

My cousin dropped out of school at the age of 15 as a result of an unplanned pregnancy. This sparked my passion for sexual reproductive health and rights towards achieving gender equality.

Please share your biggest wins as an advocate for gender equality.

I led the Youth Participatory Platform team at UNFPA LLO to advocate for the inclusion of comprehensive sexuality education into the curriculum of non-formal vocational training in Lagos state, which was successfully adopted in September 2019 by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Youth.

Outside of your gender equality advocacy work, what do you enjoy doing?

I enjoy watching movies, hanging out with friends, and traveling.

Languages Spoken:

  • English (Advanced/Native)
  • Yoruba (Advanced/Native)

Speaks On:

  • CSE
  • adolescent youth-friendly health services
  • meaningful youth engagement

Past Awards, Certifications, or Fellowships:

  • Certificate on Civil Leadership and Management by Administrative Staff College of Nigeria (ASCON)
  • Training on Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights Advocacy by UNFPA Nigeria, Certificate on Basic Digital Skills by Haptics Nigeria
  • Training on Advance Family Planning (AFP) Smart Advocacy by the Nigerian Urban Reproductive Health Initiative (NURHI) 2 under the John Hopkins Center for Communications Programs
  • Training on Comprehensive Sexuality Education by Action Health Incorporated
  • YALI Regional Leadership Center (RLC) West Africa Program
  • Walter Carrington Youth Fellowship Initiative (CYFI) US Consulate in Lagos
  • African Regional Sexuality Resource Center (ARSRC) Sexuality Leadership Development Fellowship (SLDF)
  • Girls Engagement Advisory board Advocates for Youth in Washington DC
  • Listed as "100 women creating a better Africa" by WeforGood International

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