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Profiles of Persistence: Khadijah Moore
Growing up, most of my peers understood very little about their bodies, and even less about sex. Sexual activity was common, and the little we learned in school—if we learned anything at all—was about biology.
I had heard about Dominica Planned Parenthood Association from friends and cousins, and was curious. Soon, I wanted to get involved. For the first time, I was provided with tools: comprehensive understanding about sex,
relationships, contraception, and how you can protect yourself. Learning about these issues was eye-opening, but a question nagged at me: How many other young people like me didn’t have this information?
I decided it was my turn to make a difference, and at the age of 15, I began volunteering at the association as a youth advocate. Since then, I joined the IPPF/WHR Youth Network and now work side-by-side with others from the region. The work isn’t easy. Ultimately what we’re doing is challenging longtime stereotypes, inequalities, and taboos around sexuality. But I’m in it for the long haul because I see the possibilities: a Dominica where youth and adults can converse openly about sex and sexuality without fear of discrimination; a Caribbean where youth advocates work hand-in-hand with their governments to design programs and services geared to the real-life needs of young people. Most of all, I imagine a world of opportunity and happiness for all young people, and I know that by working hard today, we will create a better future.