Jasmine Lovely George

Jasmine Lovely George - 2019 Nominee
Position: Founder
Organization: Hidden Pockets
Current Location: Bangalore
LLM from Keele University, United Kingdom
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
I have attended training institute by CREA on Feminist Institute on Leadership,
I have attended training institute by CREA on Gender Sexuality and Rights.
Awards Received:
  • Award:
    Laadli Award for investigative journalism
    Awarding Organization:
    Date Awarded:
    September 12, 2016
75 Public Votes Reached!
Jasmine is a Tech Social entrepreneur, lawyer, TedX speaker, winner of Laadli Award, fellow of Women Deliver & YCI Champion. She advocates for abortion and CSE in India through her startup Hidden Pockets (through maps and podcasts) at UN meetings . – Nominator
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

I founded Hidden Pockets, a platform for queries on sexual and reproductive health for sexually active youth in Indian cities.

I have been providing information on different baskets of choices for young women, creating face to face conversations around these issues in different issues.

I have been running a helpline in 20 cities of India where we provide personal assistance about usage of contraceptives and share information about it with young people in 3 languages of India (English, Hindi and Malayalam).

We have been creating evidences for policy level conversations around CSE and abortion using audio podcasts, personal stories and digital maps.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

As a young lawyer, one of the most disturbing realisation was that young people just go ahead and buy contraceptives without even realising it is their right to good health. Most of them are coerced, blackmailed and often it is simply transactional. There is no information.

At Hidden Pockets, we realised the number of abortions in the country could have reduced if only men use condoms or women were willing to try new contraceptives.

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

a) I have been part of Women Deliver fellow and have been on panels on contraceptives and mapping in 2016 Copenhagen conference.

b) I have been a YCI fellow and worked on using audio podcasts to talk about CSE and provision of contraceptives for adolescents and teenage pregnancy.

c) As part of Hidden Pockets, we have been promoting different basket of choices, and talked about right to choice and right to information for young people to make informed decision regarding their bodies.

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? :

a) I would like to translate the needs of young people to a service model with the help of tech community focussed on creating user driven platforms.

b) I would like to get access to investors who are willing to invest in women driven health solutions for third world countries where information is one way and expand my ideas to a more sustainable model.

c) I would like to learn more about about existing inventions that could benefit young people in making informed decisions.

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