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Marietta Wildt

Marietta Wildt - 2019 Nominee
Position: Advocacy Officer
Organization: DSW (Deutsche Stiftung Weltbevölkerung)
Current Location: Germany, Malawi
M.A, M.Sc. from Global Studies at University of Roskilde, Denmark / University of Wroclaw, Poland
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
Gender equity in peace-building (2019)
Teaching comprehensive sexuality education (2017)
Awards Received:
  • Award:
    Scholarship for academic excellence
    Awarding Organization:
    University of Roskilde
    Date Awarded:
    July 1, 2012
75 Public Votes Reached!
Marietta currently works as an advocacy officer with DSW. Before she worked in youth-led advocacy (with IYAFP) and founded a grassroots community organization in Canada. She loves writing and research and sits on a committee fighting abortion stigma. – Norhan Bader, Director of Project at IYAFP
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

My involvement with FP started as an activist/researcher in gender justice in Germany and Canada. FP quickly became an essential component of my activities. The International Youth Alliance for FP sparked my commitment towards youth/-led advocacy. I trained youth in 80 countries, and designed projects and partnerships to enable them to take action. In order to hold organizations accountable, I co-created a statement on meaningful youth engagement with FP2020 and the PMNCH.
Because youth voices matter, I led youth to create a video on their experiences with HIV for the International AIDS Conference in Amsterdam.
I moved to Germany and with DSW I gained additional insights into lobbying political decision-makers. Now I am on my way to Malawi to work on sexuality education with UNESCO.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

I started off working on sexual violence which is – just like FP – an issue across borders and contexts. I worked with migrant girls and LGBT communities in Canada and saw how they were denied information and access to FP. It is about so much more than just planning to (not) have a family. It enables people to identify their needs and rights and provides them with tools to create a reality fitting their desires. That's why I am specifically dedicated to working with youth to shape the FP world!

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

I co-coordinated a storytelling session for the youth plenary for the ICFP 2018 in Rwanda. It's sometimes too easy to forget the many individual stories and lives behind providing FP services and writing policies. So we gathered, edited and rewrote 30 real stories around family planning. By sharing stories big and small, we can remember who we as a community need to serve, and practice putting ourselves into other people's shoes.

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? :

As I will be working in Lilongwe, Malawi for UNESCO, I plan to launch a project there on empowerment, sexuality education and broader SRHR specifically for girls. In collaboration with the Malawian chapter of the International Youth Alliance for Family Planning, I would like to launch a series of workshops and materials to enable girls to voice their perspectives and advocate for their rights. The workshops start with personal development and support girls to make change in their communities.

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