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Ivan Fredrick Kasonko

Ivan Fredrick Kasonko - 2019 Nominee
Position: Team Leader
Organization: Key Populations Uganda
Current Location: Uganda, Africa
Social Sciences from Kyambogo University
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
Online Diploma in Business and Legal Studies - Alison Online Learning.
Awards Received:
  • Award:
    Certificate Of Participation In Youthled Accountability Project.
    Awarding Organization:
    UNFPA ESARO And Restless Development
    Date Awarded:
    December 7, 2018
  • Award:
    Civic Leadership
    Awarding Organization:
    Young African Leaders Initiative - YALI Network
    Date Awarded:
    June 16, 2017
  • Award:
    Responsible Leadership On Transparency and Good Governance
    Awarding Organization:
    Young African Leaders Initiative - YALI -Network
    Date Awarded:
    June 15, 2017
75 Public Votes Reached!
The Speak Up Project- 120 LGBTIQ youth have been impacted with the storytelling-empowerment sessions 30 key stakeholders have been sensitized about challenges affecting the LGBTIQ youth in accessing services. 12 HCT Carried out reaching 150 youth. – Nominator
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

As the founder and Team Lead at Key Populations Uganda (KPU), http://keypopulationsug.org/, a youth led non-profit enhancement organization that empowers at risk youth on sexual and reproductive health. Have managed to foster advocacy and increase access to quality reproductive health services, strengthened the capacity of key stakeholders including MSM youth advocacy groups, Health Personnel to deal with stigma and discrimination in accessing family planning services , increase the availability of psycho-social support services for young MSMs through advanced peer educator training and emotional healing sessions through storytelling with the Speak Up Project that has benefited 120 MSM youth in Uganda.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

In a culture that perpetuates discrimination among the minority groups,MSM are marginalized - forced underground fostering self-discrimination, and causing them to struggle with internal conflict & about their sexuality.The stigma negative effects can lead to breakdown of the strongest,confident individual. The discrimination that i have experienced myself as a young man forced me into risks with less access to SRH services,its from this background i embaked on awareness of MSM youth in SRH

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

Have provided support, supervision, mentoring of at risk youth and empowering them on having a voice and making informed decisions in regards to safer sex reaching hundreds of young MSM of reproductive age with FP messages through one-one discussions, HCT outreaches, storytelling sessions. I led the advocacies to service providers, & other stakeholders,while advocating globally for inclusion of KPs in FP, both at the Youth consultation - UNFPA and AHAIC Conference,& IYAFP Uganda member.

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? :

This will enable me connect,learn about the amazing works of other leaders are doing to overcome challenges in accessing Family Planning services from lessons learned,The platform will enable me get involved in ongoing programs and opportunities like funding, peer-to-peer mentoring,media exposure, and speaking engagements. With the grant we will increase awareness among at risk youth on HIV/STIs as it relates to SRHR & sensitize stakeholder on rights based approach to provide services.

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