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Lindsay van Clief

Lindsay van Clief - 2019 Nominee
Position: Programme Manager SRHR
Organization: Simavi
Current Location: Netherlands, Europe
Masters of Science from University of Amsterdam
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
Certified Sex Educator, American College of Sexologist
Certified User Experience (UX ) professional, Neilson Normal Group
Certified Project Manager, PMD Pro
Sexual Attitude Reassessment (SAR) trained
75 Public Votes Reached!
Lindsay has been working tirelessly for years in advancing SRHR for young people around the world. At RNW Media's Love Matters, Lindsay's always ensures that all SRHR content produced and published meets the needs of young people. – Stephanie Haase, PhD Candidate at University of Cape Town
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

I partner with organizations that amplify information to inform people on their body, relationships, and sexual activity
• Aided the development and scaling of the Love Matters program growing it from 3 to 8 countries. In 2018, we hosted 30 million visits on our websites globally and 5.6 million followers on Facebook.
• Embodied a pleasure-positive approach, tone for the sexual health-related content
• Published research to promote the use of pleasure in SRHR.
• Ideated online spaces for young people to ask questions to (s)experts. Whom across social media and forums to answer over 1,000 questions a day easing the fears of young people.
Now, I work with Get Up Speak Out Alliance empowering young people on their SRHR and developing a new project in Bangladesh focused on GBV.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

My start was organic, I attended an Our Whole Lives program (an excellent sex education curricula) when I was 12. Word got out in my school that I was going to “sex class” and my peers reacted very strongly. Everyone wanted access to the information that I had and I obliged. I brought many of these questions to the classroom, I wrote notes back and started sharing the knowledge I was learning. This quickly escalated to supplying condoms to my peers in school. Some would say I never stopped.

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

As a pleasure advocate, I remind people to have fun with their work, we are talking about love, sex, and relationships after all! It is not all scary, bad or heavy - it is also exciting and pleasurable. I have published a few papers on creating pleasurable and safe spaces for people to learn and engage on sensitive/taboo subjects. Life is too short and at the end of the day, we want consensual orgasms for all who are seeking them. I work on projects that empower youth to do just that.

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? :

I am starting a new project that creates a space and community for non-heterosexual and non-monogamous people can discuss and learn about having children and pregnancy. The current 'mom-o-sphere' online along with information around pregnancy is hyper heteronormative filled with normative assumptions. I am currently using my network, understanding and digital media experience to facilitate a new space for people to get the information without assumption or judgment. Funding will help us scale.

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