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Mona Bormet

Mona Bormet - 2019 Nominee
Position: Program Director
Organization: Christian Connections for International Health
Current Location: United States, North America
MPH from University of Minnesota, School of Public Health
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
CHES
Awards Received:
  • Award:
    President's Student Leadership and Service Award
    Awarding Organization:
    University of Minnesota
    Date Awarded:
    April 1, 2004
75 Public Votes Reached!
Empowered faith leaders to advocate for FP at local & national levels Led multiple faith-based FP advocacy visits to US Congress Trained religious leaders in FP advocacy--electronic, print & social media Created FP demand through religious leaders – Douglas Huber, Chair, Reproductive Health/Family Planning Working Group at Christian Connections for International Health
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

With CCIH, I have spent the past eight years focused on creating a space where a wide spectrum of faith voices feel comfortable discussing their concerns about FP. We have developed over 20 publications addressing various concerns to communicate, educate, and empower our membership to educate others on family planning. I’ve served as a main convener of religious groups at the ICFP and helped develop the faith community statements supporting FP. This sets the stage for continued awareness raising throughout faith communities, NGOs, and the media. In addition, I’ve created an annual advocacy day for CCIH members to educate the U.S. government on the work faith-based organizations are doing to reduce maternal and child mortality, which includes family planning.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

Many women have shared their stories of childbirth with me - their ages, their life circumstances, their control or lack thereof, their communities stance on family size, and more. As FP helps save the lives of women and children, it is essential that the Church is talking about FP. As a woman of faith, it’s part of my calling to talk about it in a way that honors my faith and cares for my global community.

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

I believe in the importance of bringing people of diverse backgrounds together to find common ground. I try to do this by convening meetings in the US with different players and by organizing panels or sessions at conferences on FP from various perspectives. I encourage our faith leaders to speak up regarding why they believe this is important to encourage others in their community to do the same and hopefully make accessing FP more comfortable for everyone in their communities.

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 continue the momentum of faith communities speaking out in support of FP, I will utilize the grant to host a meeting of FBOs as a thank you for their work thus far and explore new ways in which we can work together. The group can discuss new ways in which we can work together and bring other Christian groups and their networks into greater understanding and advocacy on FP. I hope to leverage this grant with other funders to include new partners in such a meeting.

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