Pravin Nikam

Pravin Nikam - 2019 Nominee
Position: Founder and President
Organization: ROSHNI Foundation
Current Location: India, South Asia
Masters of Law (LLM) from BVU New Law College, Pune
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
1) Masters in Political Science from Indira Gandhi Open University

2) Post Graduate Diploma in Mass Media from Dept. of Communication and Journalism (Savitribai Phule Pune University)

3) Bachelors of Law from D.E.S’s Shri Navalmal Firodia Law College, Pune (Savitribai Phule Pune University)

4) Bachelors of Political Science from S.P.College Pune (Savitribai Phule Pune University)

Awards Received:
  • Award:
    National Youth Award
    Awarding Organization:
    Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports Government of India
    Date Awarded:
    January 12, 2016
  • Award:
    Commonwealth Youth Worker Award Asia Region Finalist
    Awarding Organization:
    Commonwealth Secretariat
    Date Awarded:
    July 15, 2015
  • Award:
    Commonwealth Champion
    Awarding Organization:
    Commonwealth Secretariat
    Date Awarded:
    March 17, 2016
Pravin Nikam is a lawyer, SRHR activist and family planning advocate working among marginalised communities and youth.His intervention at community level are focused on acceptance of family planning and SRHR awareness through participatory techniques – Nominator
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

I have contributed by doing capacity building and training for educators, people, communities and organisations that has strengthen their capabilities to develop, implement and maintain effective MHM, Family Planning, WASH, Gender Equality integrated with peace-building initiatives. My capacity building initiative for educators not only aims in developing knowledge but also aims to develop critical understanding of the educators as it helps participants to link issues of family planning, gender, sexuality, reproductive health and development with the larger structural and systemic issues like patriarchy, caste-class-religion-based discrimination and violence, globalisation and economic changes, nationalism and peace building.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

I met a girl called Roshni in North East India who was forced to give up school because she started menstruating. Not long after, I started the 'ROSHNI Foundation,” an organisation that would educate people, educators, youth on menstrual hygiene, family planning, SRHR etc. and do capacity building of them to play positive role in issues of peace in local communities, family planning, preventing violence against women and children and promotion of diversity in local communities and villages.

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

I have served as Asia Regional Representative in the 9 member executive of Commonwealth Youth Council for two years. There my focus was to work with young people to eradicate discriminatory gender norms and work on sexual reproductive health rights via advocating at different platforms and conducting sessions. Secondly as SRHR Focal Point of CYGEN I am working to create a more robust network of SRHR advocates, who can effectively push for policy change at local, national, international level.

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 use this grant to reach out to women, youth and educators in different regions by adopting community based intervention and collaborative intervention approach. My implementation strategies is be based on an integrated approach and includes capacity building and developing community resource person with leadership skills at multiple levels and facilitating honest dialogue among different stakeholders such as civil society, private, government, etc.

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