Kiki Kalkstein

Kiki Kalkstein - 2016 Nominee
Position: Senior Policy Analyst
Organization: Pathfinder International
Kiki is Pathfinder International's Senior Policy Analyst. She is the co-chair of the Youth Health and Rights Coalition and a leading FP advocate in Washington DC to improve US government's foreign assistance policies and programs. – Sono Aibe, Senior Advisor for Strategic Initiatives at Pathfinder International
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

I have dedicated my career to advancing the sexual and reproductive health and rights of women and girls globally. Currently I work as Pathfinder International’s DC-based Senior Policy Analyst and every day I work to improve the U.S. and global health policy environment by influencing and informing relevant policy and appropriations decisions. I represent Pathfinder in coalitions across a spectrum of global health issues including: family planning and reproductive health; maternal, newborn, and child health; and HIV and AIDS. I have also co-chaired the Youth Health and Rights Coalition (YHRC) for the past 3 years. Prior to joining Pathfinder, I worked at the Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE) where I conducted advocacy trainings on sexual and reproductive health and U.S. foreign policy.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

I am an advocate at heart -- but seeing firsthand the huge impact that lack of access to family planning has on women and girls’ lives is how I discovered that about myself. When I was a junior in college I spent the summer working on an obstetric fistula project in a rural Ugandan village. We helped organize educational sessions in secondary schools and at the university and during these sessions it became clear to me that just talking about obstetric fistula and the need for skilled birth attendants for safe delivery was not enough. Every young person that I worked with wanted to know more about their own sexual and reproductive health, wanted access to contraception and other health services, but the barriers that they faced were overwhelming. After that summer I knew I wanted to pursue a career in sexual and reproductive health and was particularly interested in helping shape policy solutions to the many barriers faced by women and girls around the world. I moved to Washington DC have been raising my voice on these issues ever since! 

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