Ngaire Jasmine Utanga, CIFWA – Cook Island

Full name: Ngaire Jasmine Utanga

Nickname: Jasmine

Birthday: 3rd November 1989

Favorite book: The Devil Wears Prada

Favorite music: We are young


How do you describe yourself?

Beautiful. Intelligent. Self-motivate. Well-organised. Creative. Loyal. Respectful.

What do you want to be when you’re still a child? Why?

An accountant; because I love to work with numbers and do problem solving as well as give good accounting device to people who require it.

What makes you work in SRHR field? Why?

Young people. Because they are my friends and I can raise their voices

How long have you been working within your MA – CIFWA?

Three years

What is your role within your MA – CIFWA?

Youth volunteers

What is the ideal world for young people’s SRHR that you imagine and could be realistic within your country?

I imagine that young people in Cook Island to be able to access safe sexual and reproductive health clinics and not be afraid to shine as well as being able to make your own decisions on family matters

What is the biggest challenge in working with your MA?

Recruiting young male volunteers to our youth group

What is the most memorable moment during working with your MA?

Conducting an interview on teenage pregnancy with young women in Aitutaki

What specific issue in young people’s sexual and reproductive health and rights that interest you most? Why?

Safe relationship. Because a lot of young people in my country are actively in relationship starting at the age of 13 years. They need to know a lot of information about having a good relationship and not just for sexual pleasure

Mention 3 famous people that you want to meet and what question will you ask to her/him?

  • Beyonce – can you teach me how to dance?
  • Fashion designer of Gucci – can you please sew me a whole wardrobe of clothes?
  • Lady gaga – how would you describe your sexual orientation?

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