Ana Barreto

Ana Barreto - 2016 Nominee
Position: Program Fellow- Youth, Gender, Human Rights
Organization: International Planned Parenthood Federation/ Western Hemisphere Region
From Atlas Corps to UNICEF, Ana has connected to many non-profits with her work to advance youth health and human rights in Brazil. She is dedicated to the intersection of racism, sexism, and promotion of global sexual and reproductive rights. – Nominator
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

Since 2004 I have been working as a volunteer to promote human rights and comprehensive sexuality education in my community in Brazil. During my graduate studies I was member of research groups that analyze poverty, violence, genocide, diplomacy, tolerance, gender and racial equality and race, which gave me a good understanding of the complexity of intersectionality and how multiple inequalities affect women, especially women of color.
In 2015, I started my work as Program Fellow for International Planned Parenthood and I could not be more satisfied with my work. In this field, I fell I can enormously contribute for the advancement of social, political and economic development in Latin America, with special focus on the most vulnerable women.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

I view family planning as a strategic tool for social justice and women empowerment, especially for the most vulnerable. I strongly believe that to have access to sexual and reproductive health and rights is a basic human right and it is an honor to work for the promotion of family planning around the world.

What is your (country/region/city)’s biggest challenge in family planning, and how can it be addressed?

I am Brazilian and one of our biggest challenges now is to keep working for women’s rights on the current political crisis of Brazil. My work is focused on the promotion of the rights of the most vulnerable Brazilian women by using advocacy tools and rights-based programs to empower women in Brazil.

What do you want to accomplish in the next 5 years?

In the next five years, I would like to contribute to addressing the multiple inequalities facing by women around the world, especially women of color.

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