Dr. Joannie Marlene Bewa

Founder, Young Beninese Leaders Association

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Dr. Joannie Marlene BEWA is a physician from Benin Republic and a global advocate for girls and women’s. She provided care to thousands of patients and worked to advance girls and women’s sexual and reproductive health through advocacy, lobbying, capacity building and partnership. She is the founder and the CEO of the Young Beninese Leaders Association (YBLA), since its inception in 2010. YBLA sensitized and trained 10 000 youth on HIV/AIDS prevention and sexual health through the “Red Ribbon Campaign”. In partnership with the former United States First Lady Michelle Obama Young African Women Leaders Small Grant Program, YBLA empowered and trained more than 3000 girls and women through capacities building and mentoring on girl’s education, leadership and entrepreneurship. Joannie is also an international expert who consulted for various global organizations focused on health, gender and youth empowerment.

Selected by the State Department to attend to the ‘International Visitor Leadership Program’ under the “Young African Leaders” (YAL) in 2012, Dr Bewa became the same year, a fellow of the Secretary Clinton Women in Public Service Project (WPSP). In addition, she was elected as the first president of the US Ambassador’s Youth Council in Benin in 2013 and the impacted directly more than 8000 young people. She was selected in 2016 by the Harvard T. Chan School of Public Health and the Maternal Health Task Force to attend the «Safe Mothers and Newborns Leadership Workshop» and was featured on Melinda Gates’ list of six influential women on the topic of global access to contraception in 2016.

Dr. Bewa was recognized as one of 200 champions for advancing sexual and reproductive health by «Women Deliver», as a semi-finalist of the “UN Special Envoy Youth of Courage Award“ in 2014 and one of the top 25outstanding women leaders in Africa by Moremi Initiative. Featured among the Top 30 most inspirational African under 30 by Forbes Magazine Africa in 2016, she was awarded the Global Achievement Award by the University of South Florida (USF World) and the Delta Kappa Gamma World Fellowship in 2016. Dr Bewa is currently a fellow of the prestigious U.S Government Fulbright Scholarship, and is working to advance girls and women’s education, sexual and reproductive health through research and evidence based policies.

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