Leigh-Ann Carey has had a measurable effect in the past three years as a passionate advocate for women seeking abortions, especially those in impoverished areas.
Her volunteer activities, which are as varied as her skills, include: helping people understand and overcome their fear of abortion, assisting those with no access to information about the administrative processes of abortions, speaking in public about abortion research in South Africa; and simply being a friend to those who are most in need of one. She has also directly and personally raised money for abortions.
One of the things that drive Carey is being able to add value to someone’s life and that has been the source of inspiration for the work she does.
“I like to be able to work on something, see and measure the result, and understand the impact it has on people and, of course, on myself,” she says.
Careys says part of the work she is doing in advocating for positive sexuality and abortion is to to stackle the stigma attached to abortions. “It is important to understand that stigma is never just about termination of pregnancy but plays out and attaches to different social issues and political debates in our respective societies.”
Carey holds an honours degree in journalism and media from the University of Witwatersrand, and she landed her radio job a week after she had loaded her profile on the station’s website. She says this remains one of the most notable surprises in her life.