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Hadir Barbar

Hadir Barbar - 2019 Nominee
Position: Medical Doctor/Public Health Practitioner/Women Deliver Young Leader/ SRHR Advocate
Organization: KIT Royal Tropical Institute, Women Deliver. HANDS Along The Nile Development Services Inc.
Current Location: Cairo, Egypt
Master of Public Health (Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Track) from KIT Royal Tropical Institute, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
Academic Degrees and Certificates:
- Bachelor's Degree in medicine and Surgery (M.B.B. Ch): Cairo University, Faculty of Medicine - Egypt 2007-2013.
- Advocacy and Strategic Planning Course Certificate: Georgetown University, McCourt School of Public Policy - The United States 2017.
- International Community Health Course Certificate (Master Level Course): University of Oslo - Norway 2017.

Professional Certificates:
1. International:
- Certificate of completion of Women Deliver Digital University: Six-month online comprehensive program on SRHR, Family Planning/Contraception, Women Empowerment, Advocacy and Strategic Planning - 2018: 2019.
*Full-scholarship to a two-year program to catalyze action for gender equality and the health, rights, and well-being of girls and women by empowering advocates. It includes full access to Women Deliver's global conference in Vancouver, Canada in 2019.
- Leadership Diploma and Certificate of completion of the Swedish Institute's Young Leaders Visitors Program - Sweden 2018.
*Full scholarship to two-module program that supports leaders in the Middle East and North Africa region and Sweden by giving the tools and methods needed to build an equal and sustainable society.
-Certificate of participation in the International AIDS Conference – The Netherlands 2018.
*International AIDS Society (IAS) scholarship to fully attend the conference.
- Certificate of participation in the Advocacy and campaign management workshop: IREX and ICAN organisations - Cyprus 2018.
- Certificate of participation (Principal researcher) of Global Synthesis workshop; Collective analysis of a qualitative research by the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) at Sussex University - India 2018
*Final analysis of a two-year research conducted in Egypt, Ghana, Uganda, South Africa and India on the participatory monitoring and accountability mechanisms within healthcare systems.
- Certificate of participation in the Professional Fellows Program at the Population Council, Washington DC office – The United States 2017.
*Full scholarship by the State Department to conduct six-week professional fellowship at organization that supports women's sexual and reproductive health and rights.
- Certificate of participation in the Online and media campaign management workshop by the Institute of War and Peace Reporting (IWPR) - Lebanon 2016.

2. National (Egypt):
- Certificate of participation in the Gender Dialogue Workshop; Civic Education for Participation Program by the Danish Egyptian Dialogue Institute - 2017.
- Certificate of participation in the Research Methodology Course by American University in Cairo (AUC) and Magrabi Foundation - 2016.
- Certificate of completion of the Online Advanced Facilitation Training by Soliya, Connect Program - 2016.
-Certificate of completion of the Online Basic Facilitation training by Soliya, Connect Program - 2015.
- Certificate of participation in the 21st annual Summer School on human rights advocacy of Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS) - 2014.
- Certificate of participation in Harassmap Camp; organised response and public awareness in fighting Sexual Harassment and Assault - 2014.
- Certificate of participation in the peer-education training; certified as SRHR peer-educator by UNFPA and Y-PEER network - 2015.
- Certificate of participation in the national Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) Training of Trainers (TOT); certified as trainer by IFMSA–Egypt - 2012.

Awards Received:
  • Award:
    Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP): Full scholarship to study one-year Master's of Public Health at the Netherlands.
    Awarding Organization:
    The Dutch Government (The Netherlands)
    Date Awarded:
    June 12, 2018
  • Award:
    Women Deliver Young Leadership Program & Access to Women Deliver Global Conference in Canada
    Awarding Organization:
    Women Deliver
    Date Awarded:
    January 1, 2018
  • Award:
    Fully Scholarship: International Summer School of Oslo
    Awarding Organization:
    University of Oslo, Norway
    Date Awarded:
    April 12, 2017
75 Public Votes Reached!
Hadir utilized her strong voice to present the outcomes of implementing family planning/contraception program in Upper Egypt to advocate for good governance and high quality services during her fellowship at the Population Council in Washington DC. – Ivana Smucker, Director of Programs at Hands Along the Nile Development Services, Inc. (HANDS)
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

Commencing my advocacy work and in collaboration with the Population Council, I led capacity building training for +400 female nurses in remote conservative areas in Egypt that suffer from severe poverty. Significantly, I invested in the potential of shifting the trend from family planning to contraception, which opened the space for diverse groups to join the program. Promisingly, I turned those nurses into agents to drive social change. I also focused on stimulating active citizenship and ownership through orienting them about accountability mechanisms. Afterwards, I attended fellowship at the main office of the Population Council in the USA, where I advocated for meaningful community participation as a tool for ensuring sustainability and maintaining the efficacy of delivered programs.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

I’ve been stigmatized while accessing family planning/contraception services being unmarried and despite being a doctor. Questioning the sexual activity of unmarried girls/women continue to be a taboo that limits the accessibility. Thus, I decided to advocate for the right-based approach to include the underserved groups.
Professionally, the increasing total fertility rate and population growth became a problematic issue that pressures the country scarce resources calling for a prompt response.

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

As a Women Deliver young leader, I had the opportunity to lead a group of fellow leaders to co-design innovative strategies to eliminate the barriers to accessibility of FP/C services in poor settings.
Academically, I critically analyzed the FP/C situation, policy and the post FP2020 agenda as Egypt is a committer country through my MPH at KIT Royal Tropical Institute. I proposed and advocated for the integration of FP/C services in the antenatal care, post-natal care and youth-friendly spaces

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? :

To strengthen healthcare system, I’ll form a committee of young leaders to design policy brief advocating for two elements; good quality of services and women empowerment for Family Planning/Contraception, followed by meetings with Egyptian policymakers to propose innovative approaches and to bring youth voices to the table. Above all, to broaden the scope of impact, I’ll present and disseminate the policy brief to relevant national stakeholders and at international platforms as ICFP and ICPD.

Photos of the nominee in the field/at work
Women Deliver Conference, Vancouver, Canada. Teen Pregnancy storytelling with IYAFP Contraception and Population Growth Panel at AfrikaDag, KIT Royal Tropical Institute

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