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Rahul Dwivedi

Rahul Dwivedi - 2019 Nominee
Position: Special Correspondent
Organization: CNS (Citizen News Service)
Current Location: India
Masters in Sociology from Dr Ram Manohar Lohiya Awadh University, Faizabad, Uttar Pradesh, India
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
IT and Documentation from National Institute of Social Defense, New Delhi, India
The Asian Human Rights and Drug Policy Programme, Jodhpur School of Public Health, Rajasthan, India
Awards Received:
  • Award:
    Scholarship for oral presentation at International Conference on Family Planning 2018
    Awarding Organization:
    ICFP Conference Secretariat
    Date Awarded:
    December 15, 2018
  • Award:
    Travel award to participate in Pre-conference youth-workshop at ICFP 2016
    Awarding Organization:
    RISE UP
    Date Awarded:
    January 26, 2016
  • Award:
    Youth Champions Initiative 2014 for advancing quality and innovation on youth SRHR
    Awarding Organization:
    Public Health Institute and David and Lucile Packard Foundation
    Date Awarded:
    December 12, 2014
75 Public Votes Reached!
Rahul broke the silence on youth's bodily autonomy and sexual health rights by sharing his personal testimony, building solidarity among young people on SRHR, and leveraging CNS tools (videos, podcasts, articles, news wire) to push for the change! – Shobha Shukla, Managing Editor at CNS (Citizen News Service)
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

Compelled by an array of gender injustices intersecting my life, I drifted towards standing up for rights, resisting social norms and stereotypes within me, family and society, and finally left a corporate job to join social campaigns for positive change. Less is more is our mantra, we used open source digital platforms to engage young people on issues that matter most, generating online content (videos, podcasts, articles, webinars) to break the culture of silence around youth’s sexual health rights. My personal testimony on accessing SRH commodities has inspired several youths to rise up and get heard on their issues. I brought together an under 30 correspondent team ‘CNS Young’ to report on youth SRHR. I also trained over 150 journalists in 7 states on the link b/w youth SRHR & SDGs.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

Availability and accessibility of FP commodities are still a very grim reality particularly in villages of India. When I was married in 2009, my spouse and I both lacked scientific information about the reproductive cycle a woman. Despite a want, I was unable to get the commodities. Shame prohibited me every time I tried to seek some help. I realised the importance of availability contraceptives in a friendly environment which I could not get due to persistent social stigma.

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

1) To promote young voices in SRHR context, I led under 30 correspondents’ team for reporting on youth SRHR. Correspondents team wrote several articles documenting young voices, problems they face and recommendations. A set of recommendations based on news articles was submitted to govt. depts. and CSOs.

2) When SDGs were adopted, I led the oragnising of journalist trainings on the importance of family planning and SRHR to realise the goals of SDGs in several states of India.

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 organise a series of webinar focusing on youth SRHR issues b/w World Contraception Day to UHC Day (12th Dec.) leveraging other advocacy days/conferences. There will be one webinar each month. Each webinar will feature youth representatives and experts and address specific issue in youth SRHR context. The webinar will be open for public to join including youths, journalists, CSO representatives and governments officials. Each webinar will be streamed live on CNS Facebook page and YouTube.

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