I, Mehafo Amunyela spoke to Chelsi Shikongo, 2019 Female Model of the Year, comedian and founder of I Can Say No, a youth empowerment campaign.
1. How many members does your team consist of?
So far, it’s just me. I only recently started taking in people and making it known that people could officially be part of the campaign.
2. Tell us, what exactly is I Can Say No about?
I Can Say No is a youth empowerment campaign that promotes inclusiveness in sex education and provides comprehensive programs and workshops. We’re here to educate, inform, acknowledge and raise awareness on sex education and social injustice issues in Namibia. The first goal is to tackle the learner’s pregnancy policy because it’s not inclusive and does not favour the learners as much as it should.
3. What inspired you to become a youth advocate?
I come from a town where the youth don’t believe in themselves as much as they should because of society. I am truly passionate about mindfulness and community work. That is why I started this campaign.
4. Who do you aspire to reach?
I would like the government of Namibia to acknowledge that I am here and so are many other organizations to help the youth be empowered to make the right and mindful choices of their life to believe and acknowledge their dreams are valid regardless of where they are from, and also trying to reach to the youth to know that I am here and I care.
5. What has been your greatest accomplishment to date?
That would definitely be starting the conversation on sex education.
6. Tell us about your merchandise.
The T-shirts are hand crafted and are sold to raise awareness and start the conversations on sex education.
7. If you don’t mind, what do the funds raised help with? How do the funds help underprivileged women and children?
I am planning to use the funds raised by the T-shirts to buy care packages for underprivileged young mothers, especially those living in rural areas.
8. If there was one thing you could tell our readers, what would it be?
Sex education won’t be taken into consideration as it should be anytime soon, especially with the leaders we have and because of the tone and age gap as well. However, we should not give up on youth empowerment because we can eradicate teenage pregnancy and social injustices that the youth go through on a daily basis.
There’s so much we can do that we’ve done as the youth of Namibia and there’s so much more that we can do if we always aspire to inspire.Chelsi Shikongo
Make sure to follow @i_can_say_no__ on Instagram and check out https://chelsishikongo.wixsite.com/welcome/icansayno for more information. Stay tuned to our social media accounts for a giveaway coming very soon.