Neshat Unzum

Neshat Unzum - 2019 Nominee
Position: Initiator
Organization: Men for Menstruation
Current Location: Bangladesh
LLB from BRAC University
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
-Diploma in Community Development by Alison (2019)
-Course on International Women's Health and Human Rights by Stanford University, USA (2019)
-Course on Systems Thinking In Public Health by John Hopkins University, USA (2019)
75 Public Votes Reached!
She has influential activities in rural Bangladesh for promoting Menstruations knowledge to the men. She believes if man would be enlightened and empathetic to the women, they would get proper support during period and pregnancy time. – Nominator
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

There is a sage, a strong woman creates strong men. Through my Men for Menstruation, with my father, I try to create a community based engaging family planning program in third world country we need more men involved in FP. I have a strong administration engagement in the northern part of Bangladesh to promote menstruation related knowledge, basic of the FP & fertility issues to the men. I believe if men care more about their mother, wife, and daughter there would more learning and scope to work on family planning. The religious leader has an important role. Through my 'connect' program I engage on FP issues. Last year I initiate a program by the school teachers to promote the basic of the FP and sex education. It's my personal goal to connect 1,000 men every month around the villages.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

I was from a rural village about 200 kilometers away from the capital city of Bangladesh. From my childhood, I saw how rural Muslim girl like me suffer social and mental problem during their period. I have faced problems like a hundred thousand girls. Since then I have a plan to work for the women by engagement of the men. Since my childhood, I have a dream to change women life through community engagement. The dreams pushed me to work on family planning.

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

In the context of Bangladesh, family planning and sex education is still a taboo. I'm working with the men to deliver women health related issues to the men. I developed a story based and case-centric family planning awareness program for the men. Since 2015, I engage more than 100,000 men and promote primary health issues of the women. In 2018, I created a letter writing service for men about sex education. Where men try to get a chance to write their concerns and questions on family planning.

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 do:
-arrange a national FP olympiad for the male students.
-initiate a national period consciousness campaign around 85000 schools.
-launch an engaging FP program to the Rohingya refugee camps.
-develop multi-lingual information portal, a mobile helpline & community program by grandparents on awareness for the newly married couples.
-develop first comic hero of Indian Subcontinent on FP & engage 120under40 community for international campaign on FP for the migrants and refugees.

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