CPD 44: LaToya Cadogan-Williams

LaToya Cadogan-Williams

1. Number of years working with IPPF

I have been working with IPPF directly for the past year as a participant in the Ford Foundation/ IPPF Advocacy Project for Latin America and the Caribbean. I have been working with my MA for over 5 years.

2. Country and MA

Barbados,  Barbados Family Planning Association

3. Given that you're returning IPPF youth delegate, what advice would you give to the new delegates

Do not shrink away from this opportunity. Undoubtedly it is difficult to be a volunteer and one on an international level, wherein you have to deal with your local, national and then international responsibilities but the key to this advocacy group is focus and a strategic plan. Another thing I would advise them to do is to get business cards and recognize that first impressions really count; as simple as it sounds business cards in shows to other individuals in this field that you are ready and serious about what you are doing.

4. What is your role in the CPD this year?

This is year our advocacy group is focusing on Comprehensive Sexuality Education (Ministerial Declaration 'Prevention through Education') as a regional goal and have concentrated our efforts on communication via social media.

5. What would will the challenges be and what do you seek to accomplish?

Our biggest challenge is usually ensuring that you are up to date with the latest information and documents throughout the Commission. The arguments on language can become very technical and very overwhelming at times.

6. Why is participating in this meeting important to you?

There is often a misconception by governments that young people are not concern nor educated on the mechanisms of international policy. I want governments to know that there are young people deeply knowledgeable and committed to ensuring that the international policies they agree on here are progressive and relevant to your true needs at a country level.

7. There are many necessities, why do governments invest in Sexual and reproductive health and rights, and why esp. in LA and the Caribbean

I believe that after the impact of HIV/AIDS on our region and the recognition of the lack of productive citizens that a country could have governments came to a rude awakening that ignoring sexual and reproductive health has a significant impact on their countries GDP. Sexual and Reproductive health and rights can no longer be thought of as an abstract concept placed only on the agenda as a women's issue it has to been recognized as a needed and necessary step in the development process.

8. How will the result of the CPD effect the lives of the people in your country?

I will not say that it will have a immediate impact but it will be taken into consideration for health policy and policy implementation and in that regard it is at its most powerful.

9. What do people know about sexual and reproductive health? And what do you want them to know?

When I speak to people about sexual and reproductive heath majority of the conversations centers around reproductive health and services. In its totality the two compliment are not completely understood. I want them to know that sexual health is  a real health concern and not a private joke or something to be embarrassed about. I want them to take control and be responsible for their sexual and reproductive health in a way that feels empowering and non threatening.

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