Alice Ackermann

Alice Ackermann - 2019 Nominee
Position: Youth Representative
Organization: IPPF
Current Location: France, Europe
Baccalauréat from 2nd year of bachelor's degree in history
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
Comprehensive Sexuality Education peer-to-peer educator
Alice has been advocating for SRHR since she was 15. She represents youth at different levels of governance of the IPPF (IPPF Global, IPPF EN, Planning Familial). She recently advocated for youth and SRHR at CSW 63 in NYC and the Women 7 in Paris. – Mathilde Chanfreau, Project manager at Planning Familial
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

At 15, I joined Le Planning Familial. I created a feminist club in my high school and asked CSE educators of Le Planning Familial to train feminist club members. We lead CSE presentations in every class of the school with a specific focus on consent. Peer-to-peer CSE is the best way to empower youth on SRHR. At 16, I participated in the creation of the national youth group of Le Planning Familial. In 2018, thanks to our advocacy work, the national board voted to have youth representatives. I was elected as a youth representative. At 18, I have been elected as youth representative of IPPF European Network and IPPF Global. I have been advocating for meaningful youth participation and youth centered approach. I am a CSE peer-to-peer educator and an activist advocated for SRHR as human rights.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

I joined IPPF and Le Planning Familial because I believe in a world without discrimination when every is able and free to make his/her own choices. Sexual and reproductive health and rights are human rights. Every human being should have the right to decide over his/her own body. Consent and respect are the key values to tackle gender based violence. I believe in CSE to empower people in knowing their bodies and their rights in order to be free and to enjoy the sexuality they have chosen.

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

I am the youth representative of Le Planning Familial and IPPF. In my role, I advocate and implement new methods and changes of policies to enable young people to access SRHR services of quality but also to become their own spokesperson. The main beneficiaries of family planning work are young people. Consequently, they need to be part of activities as well as decision making to be able to respond adequately to the need of our generation. Young people are not only the future they are the now.

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 I am named a winner of 120 under 40, I will use the grant to support the national youth group of Le Planning Familial in our national and european advocacy work on Comprehensive Sexuality Education. We have been working on a campagne on CSE addressed to young people with the hashtag #MySexEd. The objective is to raise awareness of our generation on the need of CSE, the non implementation of national laws and the need of training of the professionals such as teachers.

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