Ana Rizescu

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Ana Rizescu - 2017 Nominee
Position: Executive Coordinator
Organization: YouAct, European Youth Network on Sexual Reproductive Rights
Current Location: Romania, Bucharest
Master of Arts in Development, International Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid from Department of International Relations and European Integration, University of Political and Administrative Sciences, Romania
Ana is a young leader with experience on sexual reproductive health and rights and youth empowerment. She is committed to a human rights-based approach and to ensuring meaningful youth participation. Read more at – Rhodé Janssen, Resource Mobilisation Officer at YouAct
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

I started my involvement in civil society when I was 15 years old, as a volunteer of the Youth for Youth Foundation, delivering sexuality education, including information on family planning, in and out of schools. I grew from a peer educator to a youth advocate, from a volunteer to a young professional. I have gained extensive experience in developing and implementing youth development programmes which are mainly focused on communications and advocacy. In my current role as Executive Coordinator of a youth-led organization, I engage and support young people in advocating for their sexual reproductive health and rights, including access to family planning, in Europe and beyond.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

I became a volunteer on youth sexual and reproductive health and rights in Romania, during post-communist transition times, when my community still had limited knowledge and understanding of rights, when participation had political and negative connotations and sex and sexuality were generally taboo. I gradually discovered the meaning of youth empowerment, comprehensive sexuality education, family planning and this has generated my interest and commitment to improve young people's wellbeing.

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

Throughout my volunteer and professional engagement with youth-led and youth-serving civil society organizations and UNFPA, I have proven to be a dedicated advocate for young people's rights to accurate information, youth friendly services and access to family planning. In YouAct, I play a key role in ensuring an international, dynamic and unique environment, where young people are stimulated and supported to build their capacity, leadership and participation in decision-making processes.

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 would donate them to the youth-led organization YouAct (, to support it's work to empower young people and safeguard youth sexual and reproductive rights in Europe. My donation will contribute to YouAct's vision of a world where young people have access to accurate information, family planning and youth friendly services, enabling them to decide freely and responsibly about all aspects of their sexuality and reproductive lives.

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