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Madiha Latif

Madiha Latif - 2019 Nominee
Position: Programme Coordinator
Organization: Shirkat Gah - Women's Resource Centre
Current Location: Pakistan, Asia
Bachelor of Arts from Political Science, Economics and Global Studies
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelors of Law (LLB), University of London.

Currently pursing MSc in Public Policy and Financial Management (School of Arts and Oriental Studies, Distance Learning)
Awards Received:
  • Award:
    Gender Ambassador Award
    Awarding Organization:
    Dastageer Legal Aid Centre and Asia Foundation
    Date Awarded:
    March 8, 2016
75 Public Votes Reached!
Madiha is a seasoned advocate for SRHR with a focus on Women Empowerment and Family Planning (FP). She has worked on identifying the influence of religion on FP practice in Pakistan. And improving access to FP methods among youth and newly married. – Nominator
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

To promote a rights based family planning approach, I have been engaged with intensive research on the interlinkages of religious fundamentalism and family planning in Pakistan, contributing to evidence based advocacy approached to family planning initiative in Pakistan. I also serve as the Technical Lead on Quality of Care, for a provincial Family Planning 2020 group (Sindh Pakistan), and am a contributing member to the Community and Advocacy subgroup as well. I have made research contribution and am currently designing an advocacy strategy to ensure access for women in Pakistan. I was also the lead researcher in developing the published report on Youth's access to SRHR, and will be moving forward with provincial and regional dialogues to ensure youth's representation in SRHR policies

What sparked your passion for family planning?

In Pakistan, women's body are policed and controlled, to the extent that women do not hold decision making powers over the kind of family planning they can use. Yet, the pressure of exercising birth spacing and uptake of contraception is placed squarely on women. The lack of family planning knowledge, information and services has lasting impacts on their health, mortality and their entire being. Family planning, to me, is a means of empowering women, giving them a choice over 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? :

I would use this platform to highlight the discrimination women and young girls face, the lack of control they have to exercise their family rights, and advocate for youth inclusion in FP discourse. I would use the funding to develop an interactive web portal which would serve a referral directory and a source of information regarding FP in Pakistan; this would empower women to make informed reproductive choices, while giving them platform to interact with professionals and experts, anonymously

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