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Maria Codina

Global Health

Maria is an advisor on gender and sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) committed to contributing to the advancement of SRHR, gender equality and women’s rights.

Her expertise lies at the intersection of gender and health, with her background in gender studies allowing her to approach global health with a strong intersectional, feminist and sociological perspective.

Maria’s main areas of expertise include gender, youth and adolescent sexuality knowledge management and qualitative research. Other topics of her interest include menstrual health and infertility and youth empowerment. She joined KIT Royal Tropical Institute as part of the SRHR team in 2017 working as Share-Net International and Netherlands project officer. Currently, she is a knowledge management expert and county coordinator of the country hubs in francophone Africa and Latin America for Share-Net International. Maria combines her work at Share-Net International with her work as SRHR advisor in projects such as Yes I Do.

Maria is also a member of the ‘YouAct European Youth Network’ on SRHR (2019 – Present)


  • Yes I Do: Reduce Child Marriage, Teenage Pregnancies and Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting

    • Institute
    • Project

    This project aims to reduce child marriage, teenage pregnancies and female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) related practices. Its work covers seven countries: Pakistan, Indonesia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique, Zambia and Malawi. The Yes I Do project is a joint collaboration with Plan Netherlands in the lead, along with CHOICE, Rutgers and Amref. It is funded by the […]

  • Share-Net International: The Knowledge Platform for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

    • Institute
    • Project

    The Platform’s focus is on strengthening the role knowledge can play in developing evidence-based policies and practices for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR). It also ensures that resources are used strategically, including in relation to the four core areas of Dutch policy on SRHR: Achievements Since its inception, Share-Net International has been implementing […]

  • Break Free ! Les jeunes défendent leur santé et leurs droits sexuels et reproductifs

    • Institute
    • Project

    La santé et les droits sexuels et reproductifs (SDSR) sont essentiels au développement sain des jeunes, mais beaucoup d’entre eux doivent trouver leur chemin avec des informations inexactes, un accès limité aux services de santé et des normes sexospécifiques néfastes qui empêchent les filles d’avoir leur mot à dire dans les décisions qui les concernent. […]

  • Break Free! – Young people advocate for their sexual and reproductive health and rights

    • Institute
    • Project

    Sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) are critical to the healthy development of young people, but many young people must find their way with inaccurate information, poor access to health services, and harmful gender norms that prevent girls from having a say in decisions that affect them. In many African countries, young girls face […]

  • Passerelle 2

    • Institute
    • Project

    Renforcement des capacités de l’IFSIO et de l’EFMS pour formuler l’offre de formation de mise à niveau des Infirmiers Brevetés afin de leur permettre d’accéder au Corps des Contrôleurs d’Action Sanitaire. Pour améliorer les compétences des infirmiers breveté pour mieux servir la santé du population au Benin, les institutes de l’IFSIO et de l’EFMS renforcent […]


A list of articles

  • The Power of Community: Shaping the Agenda for Gender Equality at Women Deliver 2019

    • Institute
    • News

    By Maria Codina & Tasneem Kakal #ThePowerof Dialogue Should health services for LGBTQIA+ be targeted or mainstreamed? Should we let youth LGBTQIA+ activists lead, or should we work hand in hand with elders? For an intense 90 minutes, we discussed, debated and marveled at how our contexts influence us to take different stands, quite literally, […]

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