Wednesday, March 8, 2017


Popular actress Stephanie Okereke Linus was today unveiled as the regional goodwill ambassador for Maternal Health in West and Central Africa at an event put together by UNFPA, United Nations Population Fund to mark this year’s International Women’s Day.

Stephanie Linus in her acceptance speech as the UNFPA goodwill Ambassador thanked UNFPA for choosing her and pledged to partner with them to create an enabling environment for women, girls and every young person to fulfil their potential.

In her words “I will work closely with the Fund to draw attention to the work that still needs to be done across the region to increase universal access to comprehensive sexual reproductive health services and information in order to stop women from dying in the course of bringing forth new life, to empower women and girls to choose freely and for themselves, if, when and how often to get pregnant and protect the right and dignity of young people to enable them thrive and be the best they can be”.

The Deputy Resident Representative of UNFPA Dr. Eugene Kongnyuy in his speech encouraged all to raise voices and fill out the space of gender disparity such that in the sphere of life there is no difference between male or female, boy or girl, man or woman because in the end we are all born equal, we are all born perfect.

Dr. Eugene further also called for concerted efforts from all interest groups, community leaders and individuals to join hands with the United Nations Population Fund, Government Agencies and the Goodwill Ambassador to carry this message to the very grassroots where vulnerable women and girls abound.

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