Two Pakistani activist brothers Umair Asif and Ali Asif have been nominated for 120 under 40: Next Generation of Family Planning Leaders Awards by John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Bill and Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health. Both Old Ravians have been advocating youth on SRHR and Family Planning issues since 2010.
120 Under 40: The New Generation of Family Planning Leaders recognizes and highlights the achievements of the next generation of family planning leaders worldwide. The project launched on September 26, 2015, at World Contraception Day — an annual event that focuses international attention on enabling young people to make informed decisions about family planning and reproductive health. Three rounds were planned at the time of its initiation in 2016, 2017 and 2019.
Each project year, nominations of young family planning champions were accepted. In order to be eligible, nominees must be 40 years or younger by December 31 of the project year, and must have made significant contributions to family planning at the local, national, or international level in one of the following categories: advocacy, programming/program implementation, research, service delivery, demand generation, policy/government or media.
Umair is the founder of the Kafka Welfare Organization Pakistan that empowers youth through advocacy and supports. In addition, he represented Pakistan previously as a Country Coordinator at International Youth Alliance for Family Planning and a member of Expert Advisory Community Family Planning 2020 Goals, while Ali has been an SRHR trainer and is currently serving Hashoo Foundation as a Training Officer. Both founded Youth Health Friendly Helpline that helps youth through digital platforms and also started My Life My Choice family planning youth awareness project in Lahore district that sensitized 3500 youngsters through awareness sessions and peer learning.
120 Under 40 shines a light on “positive disruptions” made by young leaders in family planning, enabling others to model their behaviour and build on their success. The project’s international profile will increase awareness of family planning as critical to young people’s health and well-being and will also help in sustainable global development.
120 Under 40 is organized by the Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, with sponsorship from Bayer.