Adriana Radu

Adriana Radu - 2019 Nominee
Position: Woman in Charge
Organization: SEX vs THE STORK
Current Location: Bucharest/Berlin
Master from Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin / Master of Public Health
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
Université Lumière Lyon 2, France BA in Lettres Modernes and BA in Germanistik.
Awards Received:
  • Award:
    Women Deliver Young Leader
    Awarding Organization:
    Women Deliver
    Date Awarded:
    May 1, 2016
  • Award:
    TedX Speaker
    Awarding Organization:
    Tedx Cluj
    Date Awarded:
    June 14, 2016
75 Public Votes Reached!
Adriana Radu, MPH, runs the most popular video online platform for comprehensive sexuality education in Romania, where there's no CSE in schools. SEX vs THE STORK has 75.000 subscribers on Youtube and 15.000 followers on Facebook. – Daniela Draghici, Executive Committee Member at IPPF EN
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

In 2013, Adriana Radu founded SEX vs THE STORK, a Romanian comprehensive sexuality education video web series for teens and young adults. The platform’s Youtube channel (, one which Adriana published 100 educational videos, has 75.000 subscribers and 8 million views. SEX vs THE STORK also has 15.000 followers on Facebook.


Adriana has two literature Bachelors from the Université Lumière Lyon 2 and a Public Health Master from Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin. Her master thesis is cost analysis looking at the economical consequences of sexuality education in Romania. She calculated that 33 Million Euros in medical costs related new HIV, syphilis, abortions and unintended births for 15 to 24 year olds are being spent in Romania per year in the absence of CSE in schools. You can see the results here:

What sparked your passion for family planning?

My passion for family planning and CSE was sparked by a visceral need. The need to tell the truth; to shed light on areas in our lives and relationships as young adults that we previously did not dare touch with words and actions.

Give one or two examples of how you display leadership in your family planning work.:

The work that I do is unique in Romania and SEX THE STORK is hands down the most popular CSE video online platform in Romania.


I was the first researcher to work on the economics of sexuality education in Romania.


Thanks to my work I have been selected as a Women Deliver Young Leader and have spoken at the 2017 WHO EUROPE/BZgA International Conference for Sexuality Education, opened the 2017 EURONGOs (INSPIRE) annual SRHR conference and spoke at the 2019 annual IPPF EN member association conferences.


My work has been featured in most major Romanian media outlets and internationally on TV5 Monde and the Swedish Public Radio. I am also a TedX speaker:

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? :

I will use the grant to produce a series of 3 short animated videos on contraception on my established and popular Channel.

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