Faisal Shabbir

Faisal Shabbir - 2019 Nominee
Position: National Coordinator Pakistan
Organization: Right Here Right Now (RHRN)
Current Location: Punjab Pakistan, South Asia
M.Phil Sociology from Lahore Leads University from Lahore Leads University
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
Masters in Population Sciences from University of Punjab
Integrated Project Management & Project Portfolio from Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS)

Certification in the followings:

Program management focused on project management on SRHR by Asia Pacific Resource and Research Center for Women ARROW in Malaysia
United Nations Regional and International Processes and SDGs by Rutgers Netherlands in Bangkok
Safety and Security Workshop on physical and digital security by Hivos and Frontline Defenders in Sri Lanka
Effective Communication and Advocacy Strategy by Dance4life in Bangkok
Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation, and Reporting by Rutgers Netherlands in Nepal
Leadership and Management, Intercultural Communication by Rutgers Netherlands in Netherlands
Youth ASK Leadership Conclave by Dance4life and IPPF in Pakistan as Speaker
Workshop on VCAT on SRHR, Meaningful Youth Participation, Youth Friendly Health Services, Life Skill Based Education Sexual and Gender Minorities by Rutgers in Pakistan
Workshop on Regional and International Accountability Process by Rutgers in Pakistan

Conferences attended:

Asia Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development Goals SDGs in Bangkok
Asia Pacific Conference on Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights in Vietnam
Conference on Sexual and Gender Diversity by ARROW in Vietnam
Leading in Complexity on Leadership by Hivos in Costa Rica

Awards Received:
  • Award:
    Child Rights Education Program
    Awarding Organization:
    Save the Children
    Date Awarded:
    July 6, 2018
  • Award:
    Appreciation Award for Workshop on Corporate Governance
    Awarding Organization:
    Lahore Garrison University
    Date Awarded:
    November 30, 2018
75 Public Votes Reached!
Faisal, a young energetic FP advocate, working with stakeholders in general and young people in specific to promote and protect youth SRHR and access to family planning services and information through program implementation under global initiative. – Nominator
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

I, am a young SRHR and FP advocate, working in a country like Pakistan where the topic of SRHR is a taboo to discuss due to the stereotypical cultural, patriarchal and religious norms. I’ve been working since 2012 with young people especially to provide them awareness about their SRH and rights, contraceptives use, gender equality, CSE, essential life skills, HIV/AIDS through workshops, training, seminars and awareness campaigns. From last 3 years, I am working with multistakeholder including health department, healthcare providers, population and welfare department, AIDS control department, education department, youth led organizations, religious leaders, teachers, and community elders to ensure safe and easy access affordable SRH and FP services by young people in all their diversities.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

When I started working with young people, I came to know that due to the stigma and taboo young people are far away from accurate knowledge of SRHR and have no access to FP and SRHR services. Pakistan is a developing country with large young population but they have always been ignored to be involved meaningfully in health programs and policy making. This really sparked my passion to work with youth to enable them to get skills and knowledge to better advocate for improved SRH and FP services.

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

I am leading a group of youth activists “Youth Advocates for SRHR” who are engaged at provincial, national, regional and international level advocacy for SRHR and FP to foster change and ensure meaningful youth participation from development to implementation level.
Being a National Coordinator, I am leading and facilitating the collective advocacy efforts of RHRN Pakistan platform members advocating for young people SRHR including FP by coordinating strategies and implementing country program.

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 believe that FP and issue of SRHR required multisectoral approach. Youth and the religious leaders are the most important stakeholders in this regard and their role has always been overlooked. The platform and grant would enable me to strengthen my efforts of engaging youth by building their capacity on SRHR and FP advocacy with faith leaders who hold key influential role in changing mindset, harmful attitude, advancing family planning and overcoming misconception about use of contraceptives.

Photos of the nominee in the field/at work
International Conference Engaging Youth Youth and SRHR

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