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Jovana Ríos Cisneros
Director (Youth Representative) | Panama
Jovana Ríos Cisnero has been a member of the Juventudes con Opciones (Youth with Options) program of the Asociación Panameña para el Planeamiento de la Familia (Panamanian Family Planning Association) since 2004. While there, she received training in human rights, sexual and reproductive health and rights, and youth participation. Ms. Ríos Cisnero has since worked as a volunteer to promote these rights, with special focus on women, youth, and other vulnerable groups. She has actively participated in events, forums, consultations, conferences, and national and international meetings on the sexual and reproductive health and rights of adolescents and youth.
Ms. Ríos Cisnero is currently a member of the NGO Delegation from Developing Countries with the Global Fund and participates in UNFPA's Special Youth Program in New York City. Her experience on the IPPF/WHR Board of Directors has allowed her to realize her commitment to women's right to choose, strengthen youth participation, and increase access to sexual and reproductive health services.
Ms. Ríos Cisnero holds a Bachelor of Psychology from the Universidad Interamericana de Panama, where she graduated top of her class. She also holds a postgraduate degree in Higher Education and is pursuing a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Clinical Psychology at Universidad de Panama.