Chantal Hildebrand

Chantal Hildebrand - 2019 Nominee
Position: Program Manager
Organization: Rise Up - Based at the Public Health Institute
Masters in Public Health and Masters in City Planning from University of California - Berkeley
Awards Received:
  • Award:
    Kaiser Permanente Public Health Scholar
    Awarding Organization:
    Kaiser Permanente
    Date Awarded:
    October 24, 2013
75 Public Votes Reached!
She has worked closely with NGOs, academics, local organizations and urban poor communities to support women and girls as they advocate for basic rights and services in Africa. Passionate about gender equity, public health, SRHR, and advocacy. – Claudia Romeu, Program Manager at Public Health Institute
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

Throughout my career, I have examined the intersectionality of sexual and reproductive health rights (SRHR) and family planning with race, class, education, economic opportunity, and place.

With Rise Up, I work closely with local civil society organization leaders to build their capacity address the root causes that prevent women, girls and youth from accessing SRH services and making informed choices about their bodies, health, and wellbeing. As part of this work, Rise Up has supported leaders in Malawi to restructure local initiation ceremonies to include accurate and comprehensive sexual health education for boys and girls in Thyolo District and assisted Nigerian leaders in advocating for youth-friendly SRH services in clinics in Lagos, Abuja and Kaduna states.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

Throughout high school and later in the living in Burkina Faso as a Peace Corps Volunteer, I witnessed the different outcomes for young women and girls, depending on their ability to control their own fertility and make informed choices about their bodies. This stark inequity drives my passion to advocate for SRHR and family planning and their connection to human rights across the globe.

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

Under Rise Up, I have helped build the capacity of over 100 local leaders in Malawi, Kenya, Nigeria, and California in women, girl and youth-led advocacy to address the barriers to accessing SRHR in order to improve community health, education, and alleviate poverty. By ensuring women, girls and youth experiencing these barriers lead the design and implementation of the solutions, the more impactful the outcomes.

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 use this space to share more resources and opportunities with Rise Up leaders across the globe. With the $1,000 I would like to expand our programming on the African continent to foster exchanges between Rise Up leaders in Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria and Liberia to share best practices and lessons learned in SRHR advocacy.

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