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Ana Katamadze

Ana Katamadze - 2019 Nominee
Position: Researcher/Peer educator
Organization: Georgian Youth Development and Education Association (GYDEA/ Y-PEER Georgia)
Current Location: Georgia, Europe
Master's Degree from Special Education
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
• Certified Public Policy Analyst Course. University of North Texas/Free University of Tbilisi
• Bachelor’s Degree in Law. Tbilisi State University
o Strategic Campaigning for Social Transformation. Training Course for CSO Leaders and Activists. Center for Training and Consultancy, CTC
o Research Strategies in Policy Studies, Milano. Network for the Advancement of Social and Political Studies.
o Project Development and Management. Y-PEER, PETRI – Sofia Annual School, Bulgaria,
o Non-profit Management Course. Center for Training and Consultancy, CTC

Awards Received:
  • Award:
    DATA FOR CHANGE -CONTEST OF ANALYTICAL ARTICLES. Award for article: ‘’Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights of Women with Disabilities: State Policy Analysis’’
    Awarding Organization:
    Institute of Development of Freedom of Information, IDFI
    Date Awarded:
    May 31, 2018
  • Award:
    Award for policy paper - '' Promoting Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights for Women with Disabilities: The need of taking first steps''
    Awarding Organization:
    University of North Texas/Free University of Tbilisi
    Date Awarded:
    May 18, 2018
  • Award:
    Award for participating in the conference: ''Gender and Women's Studies 18'' organized by DAKAM. Paper - ''Promoting Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights for women with disabilities- Gender Equality Issue''
    Awarding Organization:
    Human Rights House Tbilisi
    Date Awarded:
    December 14, 2018
75 Public Votes Reached!
Ana is passionately working on SRHR issues among women with disabilities. She is providing various activities to advocate their SR rights, to make SRH services more inclusive and to deliver relevant information to the community members. – Tamar Macharashvili, Head at Woman and Reality
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

As a trainer I have reached more than 13000 youngsters living in Georgia over 7 years, delivering information on SRHR related issues. Though, my work in terms of women with disabilities (WD) are the first attempts in my country as they are not referred as SRR subjects due to stigma/gender stereotypes and their specific needs are neglected.
To assess challenges and perspectives in this area, I prepared first policy paper with series of recommendations, I'm a co- author of the first research on SRHR and Disability intersection, co -author of the first research on SRHR issues among Autism Spectrum Disorder, I was one of the firsts conducted salon meetings with WD community to discuss these issues and I have participated in 4 international conference to advocate importance of this topic.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

With regards to disability rights, I started thinking about the importance of addressing WD in terms of family planning, when my wheelchair friend asked me if sex or pregnancy was safe for her and I did not have the answer based on her diagnosis. In searching process, I have found out that WD face various challenges - lack of access to information and services, negative prejudice (including service providers), forced abortion/contraception/sterilization and I am passionate about changing this.

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

I'm honored to be among pioneers who started addressing specific needs of WD community in SRHR and family planning field as a researcher, trainer and peer educator. If leadership is all about influence, I'm eager to make an impact in this field at different level by creating first data for my country, advocating/lobbying at the national and international level, but most importantly to empower them through delivering relevant information and strengthening their self-advocacy skills

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 want to develop the first comprehensive and inter-sectional leaflet in Georgian language on sexual and reproductive health issues among women with disabilities, which will be dedicated for young girls/women with disabilities, for their care-givers and other stakeholders. With this grant, I would like to print and spread out this leaflet among national and local community organizations, to use social channels and make this information widely accessible for community members and stakeholders.

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