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Gerda Larsson

Gerda Larsson - 2019 Nominee
Position: Co-founder and Managing Director
Organization: The Case For Her
Current Location: Sweden, Europe
Masters of Arts, Politics and Development from Stockholm University
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
Masters of Arts (M.A.) in Politics and Development, Stockholm University.
Master thesis: Quid Pro Quo: Challenges of Gendered Development Aid - A case study of the relationship between grantees and the grant maker Kvinna till Kvinna in Georgia.

Bachelor of Science (BS) in Urban and Regional Planning. Stockholm, University.
Bachelor’s thesis: Mobilization, Identities and Citizenship - A study about members of a Lesbian, Bisexual and Transsexual (LBT) group in Tbilisi, Georgia
75 Public Votes Reached!
Gerda leads as a systems entrepreneur in the Family Planning and Menstrual Health space as an investor, funder and advocate. Her work establishes linkages between FP and MH, resulting in better understanding, uptake and continued use of FP methods – Nominator
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

In 2016 I co-founded The Case For Her - an innovative funding collaborative - focused on supporting underfunded areas of women's health and reaching underserved populations. But the strategy goes beyond funding, as the director my strategy is to work as a systems entrepreneur building and nurturing networks, supporting local leadership and to convene meetings and events. To date The Case For Her has two portfolios, menstruation and female pleasure. By undertaking tabooed subjects I have been a part of supporting grassroots organisations as well as multinational companies to thrive and impact women and girls across the countries such as Rwanda, Nepal, Kenya, Germany, Uganda, USA, UK and El Salvador.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

I believe Gender Equality is essential for sustainable development. Access to health care, the right to decide over your own body and body literacy are crucial building blocks in the path towards gender equality. My passion was sparked at the age of 15, when I went to a Swedish youth clinic to choose a contraceptive method. I was privileged to have a choice of products, a free clinic I could access and free contraception. I want everyone to have access to the same opportunity as I had.

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

Leadership for me is to share knowledge, networks and advocate for great ideas. One example of how I display leadership is through convenings. This year we gathered 30 menstrual health organisations at Women Deliver in Vancouver and showcased their work under the common title The Case For Menstruation. I had the idea to create this opportunity after witnessing the strength of networking and collaboration during a menstrual health meeting I initiated and we executed in Sweden the year before.

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 opportunity to continue connecting people, to create new collaborations and partnerships to advance FP and support more voices to be heard. I think we need to provide better platforms for youth, helping them to break down stereotypes and taboos. If I was named winner I would use the platform and the grant to support youth lead initiativs and support future leaders and systems entrepreneurs to ensure their stories are heard.

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