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Madhulika Mishra

Madhulika Mishra - 2019 Nominee
Position: Director of Programmes
Organization: Yeh Ek Soch Foundation
Current Location: Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India
Master Of Social Work from University Of Lucknow
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
• Graduated in counseling & communication Diploma
Awards Received:
  • Award:
    Changelooms Learning Leadership
    Awarding Organization:
    Pravah India
    Date Awarded:
    September 15, 2014
  • Award:
    Star Changemaker
    Awarding Organization:
    Global Action On Poverty
    Date Awarded:
    March 20, 2015
  • Award:
    FLO Women Awards
    Awarding Organization:
    FICCI FLO
    Date Awarded:
    April 29, 2017
75 Public Votes Reached!
Madhu manages Comprehensive Sexuality Education and gender programming across urban and rural UP. Since 2010, she has worked with nearly 10,000 youth to advocate for their SRHR. One of 5 Star Global Changemakers of Global Action on Poverty in 2015. – Manasa Priya Vasudevan, Programme Manager, SRHR at The YP Foundation
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

I am Madhulika Mishra and I work with young people from across urban and rural Uttar Pradesh on issues of gender and SRHR. A week in my life would look like- mentoring peer-led Comprehensive Sexuality Education delivery in a place which generally gives Islamic education within an urban area of Lucknow city, Organizing dinners for women who never go outside in the city to invite their husbands over for an conversation on the health of their relationships, Managing coordinators across districts of UP(State in India) for the progress of UNICEF’s gender initiative across 2483 schools, heading over to college campuses to engage students and management through events on the importance of access to CSE and and collecting change stories from various communities.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

Coming from a traditional but orthodox upper caste family I have many restrictions so, it was my own struggle to bring a change within my family by negotiating with my parents on how it is so important for a girt to be independent and empowered so they can count on their own decision, which ultimately motivated me to work with other adolescents especially girls so they can also come out and work towards fulfilling their dreams.

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

As a result of CSE sessions in communities young girls are now empowered and taking stand against any odd incident such as Shanti, a youth leader from a urban village has come forward to report a sexual assault case against a 12 year old girl even though she was afraid of being trapped in the case first, but later she backed her and safeguarded the girl out. I have also been following up with government and service providers to provide her all the support and backed Shanti in all the situations.

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? :

To be very specific I will use this opportunity to strengthen the capacity of front line health workers across the city. Even though the government is highly investing to capacitate them there is a need to invest to build qualitative delivery of services.

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