- Age: 32
- Grant Recipient
Jennifer Amadi is passionate about building a strong community of advocates.
Jennifer was born and raised in Nigeria. She received a Master of Science degree in Gender and Women Development Studies from the University of Port Harcourt Nigeria, a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Education from Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Nigeria including diploma in Psychology. Jennifer is certified in sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) advocacy. She has over five years of experience in reproductive health advocacy, community organizing, and youth leadership both locally and globally. She advocates for youth-forward policies and their implementation in SRHR with a gender lens.
As the Founder and the Program Advisor for the Knit Together Initiative (KTI), she is responsible for overseeing Knit Together Initiative’s leadership and governance, providing strategic thinking and planning, leading program designs and development while maintaining inclusiveness, managing external relations and partnerships, and leading the resource mobilization and grant-writing processes. She also provides strategic support to the State Media TaskForce chaired by the Deputy Governor of Rivers State to improve knowledge among Rivers State citizens across all health program areas including family planning.
Since becoming a Young Leader, Jennifer is proud she led an advocacy project that contributed in a landmark declaration of a ban on female genital mutilation by all the traditional rulers of the Izzi Clan in Ebonyi state. As an advocate, she was named one of the 120 Under 40 New Generation of Family Planning Leaders, with her Co-chair, Morillio Williams, transformed the Youth Discussion Group to a Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition implementing mechanism, “Youth Caucus”.
Jennifer advocates for girls and women because “I believe in our collective humanity.”
In her free time, Jennifer enjoys reading and cooking self-inspired dishes.