At CIFF, we are eager to generate further intersectional development of youth voices, and not only include youth voices in discussions, but allow youth to own and steer conversations. Our conversation will focus on a cross-cutting youth discussion around family planning and keeping girls in school, including CIFF’s own youth fellow, Clarissa Regede, Mandela Washington Fellow, Zanele Mabaso, and Co-founder of the Kenya Adolescent and Youth Sexual Reproductive Network, Christine Sayo.
Clarissa Regede, Youth Fellow, Children’s Investment Fund Foundation
Clarissa Regede is a youth advocate from Zimbabwe with 6 years’ experience of working on human rights and youth activism. She is currently a youth fellow at the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation leading on meaningful youth engagement and supporting the foundation’s work on Strategic Engagement and Communications.
Previously, Clarissa has worked for Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights championing reforms in public health laws and policies, and has also served as a youth adviser for the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. In Zimbabwe she works with Youth Engage, the PACT and ACT2030 youth alliances to ensure youth are involved and consulted in national decision making that affects their political, social and economic outcomes.
As the Women Deliver Young Leader Class of 2018, Zanele is passionate about addressing issues and interventions relating to HIV Prevention, Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, Gender Equality and Gender-based Violence. She’s served as a Southern Africa Regional Advisor at Girls Globe, and Youth Advisor at UNFPA South Africa, and is currently based in the Policy Development and Advocacy Unit at Sonke Gender Justice.
Zanele was elected onto the Youth Council of the Canadian Partnership for Womens and Childrens Health, ASRHR National Framework Strategy Technical Committee and UNFPA Safeguarding Young People (SYP) Regional Steering Committee. Additionally, served the Adolescent and Youth Constituency as Country Engagement Lead and “Advocating for Change For Adolescents Toolkit” Coordinator at The Partnership (PMNCH), hosted by the World Health Organisation.
Christine Sayo, Adolescent & Youth SRHR Network
Christine is a member of the Kenya Adolescent and Youth Sexual Reproductive (KAYSRH) Network where she heads the communications working group. As one of the founding members of the network, she has been instrumental in the formation of a leadership structure, strategic plan and coordinating the participation of network members in both local and international forums. She was among the lead organisers of KAYSRHR’S ICFP virtual Youth Relay where young people across Kenya were engaged in sharing views that were consolidated into the Kenyan declaration on ICFP.