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Aroos Sadaqat

Aroos Sadaqat - 2019 Nominee
Position: Quality Assurance Associate
Organization: Center for Economic Research in Pakistan
Current Location: Pakistan, Asia
BS (Hons.) Sociology from Institute of Social & Cultural Studies, University of the Punjab
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
Mphil Public Administration (Cont.)
Ideas for Better World: Leading Change Through Policy Making- British Council 2019
Certified Master Trainer- NLFP (2019), National Institute of Banking and Finance Pakistan
Certificate in Data Minning- (2017) Punjab Economic Research Institute in collaboration with Unicef Pakistan
Certificate in Project Proposal Writing- (2017) National Center for Rural Development Pakistan
SHRH Champion's Workshop 2019
Awards Received:
  • Award:
    Master Trainer
    Awarding Organization:
    National Institute of banking and Finance Pakistan
    Date Awarded:
    March 20, 2019
  • Award:
    Annual Merit Scholarship
    Awarding Organization:
    University of the Punjab
    Date Awarded:
    January 12, 2009
  • Award:
    Volunteer Award
    Awarding Organization:
    Population Association of Pakistan
    Date Awarded:
    July 16, 2011
75 Public Votes Reached!
For Pakistan a major setback in the field of family planning and SHRH,is the limited body of research based evidence. Nominee has extended her efforts to investigate youth's attitudes towards SHRH in order to inform policy decisions at national level – Muhammad Faisal , Section Officer at Human Rights & Minorities Affairs Department, Government of the Punjab
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

My journey in maternal and reproductive health started with an undergraduate project based on "Situational analysis of healthcare facilities in urban slums" and based on the field research, a door to door campaign for around 500 households was launched for the awareness of SHRH and easy to access free medical centers for the community, especially for females because they were found the most vulnerable and underprivileged due to lack of information. In continuation of family planning and SHRH work, I contributed in the evaluation of UNICEF's new initiative 'Green Book' for improving maternal health and early childcare practices in the most underdeveloped districts of Punjab province. This study helped to educate 750 mothers and Lady health workers regarding SHRH and newborn care.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

Any death can be heart-wrenching but the death of a young mother during delivery due to lack of gap in pregnancies, in a next-door neighbor, made me sensitive towards the area since then I am striving for Youth empowerment and development through research-based education, training and mentoring because for any country Youth act like a catalyst of change. So I believe the future of family planning has a direct link with youth so its time to investigate and mold their attitudes towards SHRH.

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

In 2012, a door to door campaign was launched for the awareness of reproductive health and care practices for 500 households of an urban slum and being a team leader I organized, monitor and facilitate team member to deliver the best.
I have extended my efforts to explore "Youth Attitudes towards SHRH" as a case study of Lahore district, the research evidence will guide policymaking at national and international level.

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 am actively pursuing my career in social research and my areas of interest are women empowerment, youth, and social development. If given the chance I will use this platform and the funding to expand my research and to collaborate at the international level for mutual understanding of youth perspective in order to devise evidence-based interventions in the family planning and SHRH.

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