Nina Stein

Nina Stein - 2016 Nominee
Position: Program Associate
Organization: Population Institute
Nina engages the public in issues of reproductive health and family planning on level that is compelling for the next generation of advocates via her insightful articles and exciting graphics. – Nominator
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

Over the last couple of years I have been raising public awareness on issues of family planning and reproductive health and rights through communications strategizing and engagement. I have written numerous articles on breaking advances and setbacks in women's health and rights, promoted campaigns, supported events, and engaged the public in family planning issues through social media. I am especially proud of the exposure my original articles and graphic designs have gotten in the non-profit community and beyond.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

I was always interested in human rights issues and curbing extreme poverty in the developing world, however it wasn't until I began college, studying public health at NYU, that I realized what a large impact family planning and reproductive rights have on these larger systemic issues. Through my studies and my work with the Global Poverty Project and The Hunger Project, I have found women to be at the center of global development. I believe addressing women's rights is the key to progress.

What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced in your family planning efforts, and what have you done to overcome it?

The largest barriers to family planning efforts are social, not physical. You can bring contraception anywhere but if the people do not understand how and why they should be utilizing family planning then the contraceptives themselves are useless. I have been working to combat these social and societal barriers through education. I have worked on the ground in Ghana with an organization that educates adolescent girls and written articles for various sources on the need for family planning.

What do you want to accomplish in the next 5 years?

Over the next five years I hope to travel around the world to gain a better understanding of the barriers to family planning women in different countries face. I would like to continue to raise awareness and document my findings during this time, before eventually settling in a position where I can advise and plan useful family planning strategies through government and non-profit organizations.

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