- Age: 31
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Our generation should make it our mission to ensure that we change the narrative when it comes to provision of SRHR information and services for all, especially for girls and women and other vulnerable groups. We must give them a seat at the table. If not, we will never achieve true gender equality and build a better world.
- Sara Scott
Born in London, England to Guyanese parents, Sara Scott has lived in Guyana since she was 4 years old, undeniably “Guyanese to the bone!” Sara is a resident doctor in her second year at one of Guyana’s rural health care facilities. At the University of Guyana, she is currently pursuing a Master’s in Family Medicine after completing a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) degree in 2017. She is also a member of the grassroots organization SRHR Adventures where she participates in sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) projects, media appearances, as well as education and awareness activities. Additionally, Sara serves on the Management Board of the Knowles Educational Charitable Trust for International Leadership Program, and she is a SRH Counsellor with a local SRH Consultancy.
What ignited your pursuit for gender equality?
In addition to my experiences, and seeing the ones of women around me, two other WDYL Alumni, Patricee Douglas and Akola Thompson, changed my views about lending my voice to the cause, especially as I am a medical practitioner that is in a position to influence others. Both are passionate about their beliefs and believe in empowerment through education. They didn't sit and wait for others to do something; they got up and acted.
Please share your biggest wins as an advocate for gender equality.
While I am involved in various projects that deal with SRHR issues, especially when it comes to family planning and women's health issues, one of my biggest wins was being the project lead for the #ComfortWithEveryDrop Sanitary Pad Drive. This project seeks to provide feminine hygiene products to girls and women who may not have access to them, as well as engage the public in meaningful conversations about topics such as hygiene and proper use and disposal of sanitary pads and shatter taboos surrounding women’s menstrual health. It was empowering to see the shift in the girls I interacted with from being ashamed to being proud of being female.
Outside of your gender equality advocacy work, what do you enjoy doing?
Reading, watching my favorite shows and movies, and most recently, creating content on Canva!
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