Christopher Hook

Christopher Hook - 2019 Nominee
Position: Development Officer
Organization: Promundo-US
Current Location: United States, North America
Masters of Science in Public Health (Population, Family & Reproductive Health Department) from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelors of Arts, French - Kent State University (2011)
Bachelor of Arts, International Relations - Kent State University (2011)
Awards Received:
  • Award:
    Research Grant (2015)
    Awarding Organization:
    Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health
    Date Awarded:
    June 30, 2015
  • Award:
    Meritorious Group Award for Population and Reproductive Health Research (2014)
    Awarding Organization:
    Date Awarded:
    March 1, 2014
  • Award:
    Meritorious Group Award for supporting the advancement of family planning in West Africa (2013)
    Awarding Organization:
    Date Awarded:
    March 1, 2013
75 Public Votes Reached!
Christopher Hook is a researcher and advocate for the gender-equitable involvement of men in FP. His research has assessed opportunities to expand men's contributions to FP in gender-transformative programs and national policies. – Margaret Greene, Executive Director at GreeneWorks
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

In my first job ever - at USAID - I managed projects taking an earnest look at how the way we are gendered as people impact FP use. As a feminist man, institutionalizing this element was as obviously crucial to me as it was foreign to the mainstream of the field I was just entering. So I sought a community to pursue this focus. In graduate school, I took courses, but above all, listened to the experiences of activist women and sexual minorities and men too, all in service of bringing this truth to boys and men around the world. Since, my most energizing work has been helping a tiny NGO, Somali Gender Justice, to find funding and implement a first-of-its-kind pilot in Puntland, Somalia to train and deploy men to promote gender equality and FP use among male groups there.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

First, the right of a woman to make decisions for her body is something that was hammered into me from an early age, with credit to my mom. She's the strongest person I know. From her, from hearing the voices of the maligned around the world, I feel motivated to support FP use because it is essentially an issue of power: when you control someone's fertility, you control their life. This isn't right, and more people - especially men - should be saying so, loudly and proudly.

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

I am lead author on a paper describing how approaches acknowledging the sexual and reproductive lives of men and boys, and the relational nature of FP decision-making were, generally, not included in Costed Implementation Plans. This analysis is opening doors - such as at IGWG - for new thinking on representation in FP pgms.

At ICFP, Promundo - with my planning and moderation -hosted three amazing men to talk about their on-the-ground work to address gender inequality in their communities.

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 the platform to lend my voice - through public fora - to ensuring that FP outcomes incorporating men and boys are on the agenda post-2020.

With the money I would launch an Instagram project which would solicit stories from male-identifying folks all over the world using text+photo as well as video (and paying for their use) about the ways in which their upbringing has had an effect on their sexual & reproductive lives. The eventual goal would be creating a physical book.

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