Natasha Israt Kabir

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Natasha Israt Kabir - 2017 Nominee
Position: Founder
Organization: Bridge Foundation
Current Location: Dhaka, Bangladesh
M.A in South Asian Studies and International Relations from Pondicherry Central University and JahangirNagar University
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
15 Ects Course from the department of “International Development Study” at University of Oslo, Norway, 2013
Diploma in Rural Development
Awards Received:
  • Award:
    Case4 Space Winner in UNDP Bangkok, Thailand Conference, 30,November 2016- December 2nd 2016
    Awarding Organization:
    Date Awarded:
    November 30, 2016
  • Award:
    Young Scholar” by ICCCAD-Gobeshona Initiative to address the issues related with Climate Change from 2015-2016
    Awarding Organization:
    Date Awarded:
    March 30, 2015
  • Award:
    South Asia Research Network Fellow, 2015, New Delhi, ILO-UNESCAP and IDRC Funded based on Youth Employability and Skills
    Awarding Organization:
    Date Awarded:
    October 30, 2015
In 2013, Natasha Kabir cofounded Bridge Foundation, a nonprofit to research sexual and reproductive health and rights of transgender and disabled people in Bangladesh. She published over 15 columns and journal articles and implemented 3 projects. – Rakibul Hasan, Founder at Peacempire
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

I have started working on disability studies from 2013 and concerning family planning with disability started very recently.The vulnerability and awareness among the girls with disabilities having family planning as well as being aware about their SRHR has become one of the agendas to be regarded which has not been touched yet in the context of South Asia and especially in Bangladesh.
My achievement while publishing policy paper at OHCHR has made me confident to work on it further. Before that I have published 1 paper in academic journal, 3 opinion ed in National Dailies has paved the way.
I am hopeful that I will be bringing the new dimension in terms of disability studies and family planning where the stakeholders are mostly the deaf and mute. I am planning to paving the way now

What sparked your passion for family planning?

Simply defined, sexual and reproductive health rights are the right for all people,
regardless of age, gender and other characteristics, to make choices regarding their
own sexuality and reproduction, provided that they respect the rights of others. It
includes the right to access to information and services to support these choices and
promote sexual and reproductive health (SRH).
Concepts of gender are socially constructed, reinforced, and potentially challenged
via public discourses one

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

My area of research interest is based on Sexuality Studies being an active member of Global International Association For The Study of The Sexuality, Culture and Society.
Taking the courses at the department of law and Justice has enlightened me on how objectification of gender through our outlook and stereotyping can limit the gender access to justice in terms of sexual reproductive health rights. But the big question that seems to run through the research is are people willing to changing it"

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 a development professional as well as social worker by education and training. I have interest to work on the issues based on the inclusion and exclusion interlinked with the persons with disabilities. Ten percent of the total population of Bangladesh is known as disabled people, often called People With Disabilities (PWDs) . It is a sign.This grant will pave the way to looking towards the new concept of disability study interlinked with the family planning. So, I can publish my work .

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