Runu Akter

Runu Akter - 2019 Nominee
Position: Youth Engagement Officer
Organization: VSO Bangladesh
Masters Governance and Development Studies from Jahangirnagar University
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
-An Advocacy training for Safe Abortion Rights -Asia Safe Abortion Partnership, Colombo, Sri Lanka
-Training on “Youth friendly Services (YFS)” -Family Planning Association in Nepal, Kathmandu, Nepal
-Youth leadership training on SRHR- Restless Development, India
-Counseling Training on SRHR-JPG, school of public health, BRAC
-Training on project Cycle Management-MDF Training and consultancy
-Flagship short course on Gender and SRHR-JPG, school of public health, BRAC
-Generic Training of Trainers (TOT -Bangladesh Training and Research Foundation (A sister concern of BCCP)
-Communication With Young People on Sexual Health Issues -Rutgers WPF, Netherlands
-TOT on “Sexually Education & Rights” -RHSTEP
-TOT on “Life Skill” - ISDL, Anukul Foundation
-Development of Presentation Skills -Mass-line Media Center(MMC)
-Vocational Journalism Training Course -Rotary International
-Attened Special Session for Children, United Nations, New York, USA

Awards Received:
  • Award:
    South East Asia Region (SEAR) Town Hall on Youth Engagement, Jakarta, Indonesia
    Awarding Organization:
    Date Awarded:
    March 22, 2019
  • Award:
    Young Leader
    Awarding Organization:
    Women Deliver conference, Copenhagen, Denmark
    Date Awarded:
    May 16, 2016
  • Award:
    Youth Champion
    Awarding Organization:
    Asia Safe Abortion Partnership, Colombo, Sri Lanka
    Date Awarded:
    September 20, 2016
75 Public Votes Reached!
Runu Akter is passionate about promoting sexual reproductive health and rights also youth rights awareness through various workshops, training and advocacy work. She work as a youth engagement officer in VSO Bangladesh. – Shahnoor Wahid, Advisory Editor at Bangladesh Post
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

I work as a youth engagement officer in VSO Bangladesh. I am responsible to ensure youth leads regional and national level policy advocacy around sexual reproductive health and rights that focusing on reducing child marriage and early pregnancy. I worked with Women Deliver as a young leader, Youth Champion of Asia Safe Abortion Partnership. I was worked as a youth officer in RHSTEP for improving SRHR in Bangladesh. I led 3 districts level youth forum. I was responsible to provide training on SRHR, life skills, Youth friendly Services, TFD, leadership etc. I have experienced to developed SRHR related IEC and BCC materials on adolescent sexual reproductive health rights including family planning - Published five story Series Book, Booklet, Poster, leaflet, training module on SRHR and FP.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

My first question is why we need family planning its only for reducing population growth? I think no, it also make a positive impact to reduce teenage pregnancy that is dangerous consequences of child marriage. One-third of teenage girls aged 15-19 are pregnant in Bangladesh, British Medical Journal. We tried to reduce child marriage but who are already faced child marriage we stop their teenage or early pregnancy through ensure their unmet family planning need which sparked me to work FP.

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

I closely work with youth clubs, peers educators and vso youth volunteers. I undertake the process to identify the influential networks where youth can be part of the policy advocacy and communicate with different networks, government department to engage and empower youth groups and mobilize them for amplify their voice. I Initiate capacity building training for youth clubs members, alumni members and volunteers on SRHR also capacity building for services provider to more accountable on YFS.

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 develop a Family Planning APP which will cover family planning information, method demonstration (like condom demonstration), management of family planning methods, FAQ etc. I will link with this others relevant information and service orientated websites. I will share this app with my youth clubs members and capacited 100 youth clubs members and peer educators who will disseminate this information to community youth groups and they will work as a youth advocate for family planning.

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