Rafiqul Alam Khan

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Rafiqul Alam Khan - 2017 Nominee
Position: Co-founder and President
Organization: Peacempire
Current Location: Bangladesh, South Asia
Bachelor of Business Administration from Jagannath University
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
1. Active Citizens Youths Leadership Training, British Council
2. Adaptive Leadership Training, Bangladesh Youth Leadership Center (BYLC)
3. Social Good Summit 2013, Dhaka
4. PR, Media and Communication Coordinator at Model SAARC Summit 2015, Dhaka
5. Sexuality and Gender reporter at The Bangladesh Today (TBT)
6. Head of operations of 3rd Biruni International Conference
7. PR & Media Associate, South Asian Youth Society (SAYS)
8. Facilitator of Active Citizens team, South Asian Youth Society (SAYS)
9. PR and Communication Task Force Peer, Mozilla Bangladesh
10. Contributor at 10 South Asian Newspapers in India, Pakistan and so on.
Awards Received:
  • Award:
    Women Deliver Grant for Peacempire
    Awarding Organization:
    Women Deliver
    Date Awarded:
    June 28, 2016
  • Award:
    Duke of Edinburgh's International Award
    Awarding Organization:
    Duke of Edinburgh's Award Foundation, UK
    Date Awarded:
    June 15, 2015
  • Award:
    Facilitator Certificate of Appreciation
    Awarding Organization:
    South Asian Youth Society
    Date Awarded:
    June 10, 2015
Rafiqul, president of Peacempire, initiated to scale down Early Marriage into 30% through 04 major activities—workshops, campaigns, documentations and building coalition that benefited 2805 adolescents, youths and adults in 32 villages of Narayanganj – Rakibul Hasan, Founder at Peacempire
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

Early Forced Marriage is a major obstacle to Family Planning. As the president of ‘Peacempire’ I have advanced the project through planning and implementing 04 major activities—workshop, campaigns, documentations and forming SRHR coalition. Aimed to reduce the rate of Early Forced Marriage into the rate of 30%, we have involved adolescents and youths, aged 12 to 25 in the underprivileged areas of Narayanganj district, Bangladesh. Conducted between early weeks of July 2016 and the mid winter of January 2017 the project has trained and engaged 162 Community Reporters, 149 Young Advocates, 63 Peer Educators and 2431 Campaigners who continue to work as Popular Opponents against Early Forced Marriages.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

I grew up in a very humble neighborhood. I witnessed two of my cousins and couple more died during child delivery. These incidences saddened our family, so, I set to find out the root cause of maternal mortality. What I found was that they were married off underaged (below 18), thus due to birth related complexities, they mostly died during their first delivery. I realized, things can be done in different ways. Thus the project is to shed light on this issue through digital storytelling.

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

Implementing the project I’ve dealt with many challenges, mostly in strategizing policies according ground reality and convincing authorities and governing bodies of schools, colleges and Islamic seminaries (aka madrasa) to help them all understand that the workshops are worth benefiting their students and community. In case of madrasa, firstly I was not given permission to run our major activities but they convinced. Later, these experiences helped us forming multiactoral coalition for SRHR.

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? :

Firstly, this new platform will be instrumental to get our voices heard globally and the recognition will certainly help us reach more audiences and target group across Bangladesh. Secondly, the grant will be used to continue our major activities: campaign, workshop, documentation and forming SRHR coalition with SRHR experts, traditional leaders, political quarters, administrative bodies and victims regarding Family Planning in 31 public universities of all 8 divisions in Bangladesh.

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