Aasha Jackson

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Aasha Jackson - 2017 Nominee
Position: International Family Planning and Population Policy Fellow at USAID
Organization: Population Reference Bureau
Bachelor of Arts in Development Studies from Brown University
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
Social Pluralism and Development in Cameroon, The School for International Training
Aasha’s work belies her age and education. Her perspective adds fresh dynamism to US and field trainings she leads on USAID’s FP policies. Embodying initiative and innovation, Aasha has co-designed and taught a course on the gender dimensions of FP. – Reshma Naik, Senior Policy Analyst at Population Reference Bureau
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

As an International Family Planning and Population Policy Fellow at USAID, I regularly conduct trainings focused on ensuring voluntarism and informed choice in family planning for USAID staff, implementation partners, and host country governments. I serve as a resource for these audiences on this issue and regularly engage with colleagues at USAID Missions worldwide. My work also focuses on disseminating information about USAID's family planning activities to USG stakeholders interested in our work. Finally, I am a member of a small working group focused on measuring stigma and discrimination experienced by people living with HIV, and I specifically focus on stigma and discrimination experienced when seeking family planning services.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

I first became interested in family planning after taking a demography course focused on changes in fertility. However, my passion really solidified when I conducted primary research on access to family planning in urban areas in Cameroon. I saw firsthand how myths and misconceptions about family planning deter potential clients and realized how important it is to ensure that people have access to comprehensive information and counseling in order to make informed decisions about family planning.

If you are named a winner of 120 under 40, how will you use this new platform and the $1000 grant to advance your work? :

If named a winner of 120 under 40, I look forward to meeting and learning from other young leaders in family planning from around the world. This platform offers a rare opportunity to hear directly from changemakers about their innovative work in the field and this will inform my own work. I will use the grant to further my education in rights-based family planning by enrolling in a short course on family planning programming.

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