Grady Arnott

Grady Arnott - 2016 Nominee
Position: LLB Candidate; Research Fellow
Organization: London School of Economics and Political Sciences; Cambridge Reproductive Health Consultants
She has the incredible skill of researching and articulating issues surrounding SRHR on local, regional, & international levels as shown by her fieldwork on the Thai-Burma border and her MSc thesis. – Jillian Gedeon, Co-Executive Director at International Youth Alliance for Family Planning
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

Since 2012 I have contributed to the family planning field as a researcher and program coordinator. One of my first related contributions was documenting reproductive health policy and practice gaps that exist in refugee, conflict, crisis, and emergency settings. Since then I’ve led and been involved in several projects, including; exploring the reproductive health experiences of US. Peace Corps Volunteers while serving abroad; considering social movement building for improved reproductive health service uptake; and expanding referral systems along the Thailand-Burma border to improve refugee, migrant, and cross-border women’s access to safe and legal abortion care.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

My passion for family planning was sparked when I realized the important link between family planning and human rights. I have always believed that health is a human right and aspired to do work that reduces global health inequalities. My enthusiasm stems from my action-oriented research where I have observed the positive impacts a human rights based approach can have. These outcomes motivate me to continue working within this framework for fully-realized reproductive justice.

What is your (country/region/city)’s biggest challenge in family planning, and how can it be addressed?

Our main family planning challenges in Canada relate to availability and accessibility; for example, the implant is not an available contraceptive method and our geography contributes to service access inequality both between and within our provinces. Focusing the spotlight on these issues and increasing pressure to address them is essential. Recently, this was proven to be effective by plans to provide abortion services in the province of Prince Edward Island- the first time since 1982!

What do you want to accomplish in the next 5 years?

In the next five years I will work to successfully complete law school and continue advocating for improved reproductive health related policies and laws. My ultimate objective is to find innovative ways to protect reproductive rights and ensure women can actively participate in their realization.

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