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Jeison Jonathan Ruiz Lopez

Jeison Jonathan Ruiz Lopez - 2019 Nominee
Position: Country Coordinator
Organization: IYAFP Nicaragua
Current Location: Nicaragua, Central America
Degree in social work from National Autonomous University of Nicaragua
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
1) Diploma in Youth, Development and Sexual and Reproductive Health.
2) Diploma in Early Childhood Development
Awards Received:
  • Award:
    Women Deliver Conference on Gender Equality Scholarship Recipient 2019
    Awarding Organization:
    Women Deliver Conference Committee
    Date Awarded:
    December 21, 2018
75 Public Votes Reached!
Jeison is a social worker from Nicaragua who has dedicated his efforts to promote the exercise of the sexual and reproductive rights of young people. He has trained hundreds of young people and carried out advocacy actions with local actors. – Nominator
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

At the local level I have promoted the involvement of young people in educational and advocacy processes with key actors to achieve a greater commitment in facilitating sexual and reproductive health services, including family planning; This is accompanied by other processes aimed at community leaders and families. I have also participated in the process of creating a municipal youth policy that incorporated everything related to the differentiated attention of adolescents and young people in health services.

At the regional level, I have participated since 2013 through the LAC Youth Alliance in the monitoring and follow-up of the population and development agenda, influencing during the regional conferences on population and development to achieve more commitments from young people.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

I enjoyed being part of a big family and was aware that my parents had many children because they did not have access to FP services; for them, there were no options. Also, since adolescent my social conscience woke up and I became involved in actions that demanded guarantees for the free exercise of sexual and reproductive rights. Since then, I have dedicated my efforts to influencing the key actors to guarantee access to information and services about the FP and have options to decide.

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

I´m country coordinator of the International Youth Alliance for Family Planning (IYAFP), platform from which we promote that young people develop skills, raise their voices and empower themselves to advocate for information and access to FP services. I´m member of the LAC Youth Alliance, since this group promotes articulation efforts among young organizations to monitor and comply with the commitments of the goverments in the implementation of the population and development agenda and the SDG.

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 platform will allow me to learn about experiences that enrich my approach and actions in the promotion of sexual and reproductive rights, with emphasis on family planning; mainly I would like to deepen the experiences of people with disabilities in relation to this issue and from that, use the funds to promote educational processes with young people with disabilities and articulate with universities the creation of an app for people with disabilities that allows them access to information.

Photos of the nominee in the field/at work
Being interviewed by a local media about the situation of Sexual and Reproductive Rights of adolescents and youth in Nicaragua Participating in the regional youth forum in Mexico Youth Caucus

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