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Orshalimy Sharon

Orshalimy Sharon - 2019 Nominee
Position: Doctoral student - Health Systems Management and Policy
Organization: Ben Gurion University of the Negev
Current Location: Israel, Asia
M.A. (currently doctoral student) from Women and Gender Studies
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
2013 Women Deliver young leader
City Council Member, Givatayim City Council, Meretz party 2013 - 2018
Graduate, "Gender, Sexuality and Rights International Institute" by CREA 2014
Graduate, Workshop facilitator for Prevention of Sexual Violence - 51 academic hours, The Rape Crisis Center of the NEGEV
Sexual health educator and family planning counselor 2009 - 2019
Academic coordinator of the "Sexual Educator" training course at the Israeli Family Planning Association 2015 - 2019
75 Public Votes Reached!
Sharon is a groundbreaking leader in FP in Israel. During 9 years in "Open Door" - the Israeli family planning association, Sharon took part in many policy changes - accessible contraception and EC, unplanned pregnancy termination and CSE. – Or Ram, Social Worker, WD young leader, Open Door northan branch coordinator at Open Door
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

In 2014 I was part of a group that succeeded in passing full funding for abortions up to age 33, regardless the reason. This was after funding was only available until age 19 and for medical reasons or sexual violence. This was one of the biggest achievements in my career.
During my work at the Israeli Family Planning Association, I advocated for including all contraceptives in the national health care system. We we are still fighting for this, but in 2018 we succeeded in giving teenagers access to emergency contraceptives from age 14 (previously was 16).
I am also a family planning counselor in online forums and social media providing emotional and bureaucratic counseling regarding unplanned pregnancies and abortions.
Today I am writing my PhD on contraceptive use in Israel.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

When I started volunteering at The Israeli Family Planning Association (Open Door) I fell in love with family planning. Through my work with young people, health care providers and policy makers, I saw women's rights, sexual and reproductive health, and gender equality as an inter-connected whole. I understood how full access to family planning services and knowledge, including safe and accessible abortion, affects and influences women's lives.

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

I lecture all over Israel about family planning and abortion rights to parents, teachers, and young people. I also train health care providers, counselors and social workers in courses that count as credit towards a graduate diploma.
I currently teach a course in the School of Education at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev about gender and sexuality in education and activism.
I am one of the few people in Israel who addresses these issues at both the policy and research levels.

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 will launch a coalition to change the abortion law in Israel, so that abortion will be available on demand up to 18 weeks, without the need to appear before a committee that has to approve abortions. The coalition will create a national campaign to create awareness in Israeli society and then work with legislators to change the law.
Another option will be to launch a campaign to include all contraceptives in the national health care system so they will be accessible to all.

Photos of the nominee in the field/at work
Spiking at a medical conference regarding youth sexual and reproductive health Speaking at a Women's Rights event Presenting at "Talking Bodies" Conference

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