Sadaf Taimur

Sadaf Taimur - 2019 Nominee
Position: Chairperson
Organization: Youth General Assembly (YGA)
Current Location: Japan, Asia
Master of Philosophy from University of Tokyo, Japan / Graduate Program in Sustainability Science - Global Leadership Initiative (GPSS-GLI)
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
• Master of Science (16 Years): Environmental Sciences, 2011 Fatima Jinnah Women University, Pakistan.
• Bachelor of Science (14 Years): Applied Psychology, Chemistry, Zoology, The University of Punjab, Pakistan

• "Public Speaking" by Stand & Deliver, California, U.S.A.
• "Storytelling for Community Improvement and Action", The Moth, U.S.A.
• “Operations Management” from NUST (National University of Science & Technology).
• “Facilitating Change” from the learning platform Global Campus 21® of GIZ (German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development).
• “Leadership & Strategy” from the learning platform Global Campus 21® of GIZ (German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development).
• “Story Telling for Change” from the learning platform – ACUMEN COURSES.
• “Negotiation Skills” from LUMS (Lahore University of Management Sciences).
• "Connecting Classrooms" by British Council.

• Youth Delegate at UNESCO-MGIEP for Pakistan.
• Member - Education for Global Peace Project at Peacebuilding University of California Irvine (UCI).
• Storyteller - The Moth, U.S.A.
• Country representative – Youth School for Social Entrepreneurship, Bangladesh.
• Member Child Rights Movement (CRM), Pakistan.
• Consulting Member, Communication & Advocacy Working Group, PAL(People's Action for Learning) Network, Kenya.
• South Asia Local Coordinator – Students for Liberty, U.S.A.
• Member - Advisory Board of “Globaledcon: Connecting Educators and Organizations Worldwide”, U.S.A.

• Camp Mentor, ISA Japan (Dec, 2017- Present)
• Camp Mentor, Taktopia Japan (Jan, 2018 – Present)
• Corporate Trainer/Instructor, Global Sky education, Japan (Dec, 2017 – Jun, 2018)
• Co-Founder & Chair, Youth General Assembly – Pakistan (Mar, 2015 – Present)
• Manager Communication, Advocacy & Youth Mobilization, Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aagahi (Center of Education & Consciousness) – Islamabad, Pakistan (Jan, 2017 – Aug, 2017)
• Advisory Mentor, Queen's Young Leaders Program (Online) – England, United Kingdom (Feb, 2017 – Feb, 2018)
• Youth Champion, Rise Up – Oakland, California, U.S.A. (May, 2017 – Sept, 2017)
• Fellow, Dalai Lama Fellows – San Francisco, California, U.S.A. (Mar, 2016 – Jun, 2017)
• Director New Initiatives & Brand Development, Silver Oaks Schools & College – Rawalpindi, Pakistan (Mar, 2015 – Dec, 2016)
• Lead Facilitator/Trainer - Communication & Soft Skills, Silver Oaks Schools & College – Rawalpindi, Pakistan (Mar, 2014 – Dec, 2016)
• Head of Co-Curricular & Brand Partnerships, Silver Oaks Schools & College – Rawalpindi, Pakistan (Mar, 2013 – Feb, 2015)
• Planning Manager & Registrar, Silver Oaks Schools & College – Rawalpindi, Pakistan (Oct, 2011 – Feb, 2013)
Awards Received:
  • Award:
    Outstanding Contribution in Education
    Awarding Organization:
    Global Education Supplies and Solutions (GESS), Dubai, U.A.E.
    Date Awarded:
    February 28, 2016
  • Award:
    Dalai Lama Fellow
    Awarding Organization:
    Dalai Lama Fellows, University of Virginia, USA
    Date Awarded:
    May 20, 2016
  • Award:
    Youth Champion
    Awarding Organization:
    Rise Up & Packard Foundation, USA
    Date Awarded:
    March 18, 2017
75 Public Votes Reached!
Bigger purposes and making a difference in the society always fascinated Sadaf. She helped co-found Youth General Assembly (YGA),in 2016. She worked to empowered and mobilized youth across Pakistan via capacity building programs(e.g. We care program) – Fahad Shahbaz, President at Youth General Assembly
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

Some of the my contribution and achievements in family planning are as described as follows:
a. Dalai Lama Fellowship's Compassion in Action Pilot Project - to address the challenge of gender discrimination in Pakistan through education (supported 240 boys and girls in Pakistan) - shortlisted by UN-Women Project Inspire;
b. Planned and launched youth-led advocacy & communications campaigns on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights at Idara-e-Taleem-o-Agahi (Mobilized 340 young people in Pakistan);
c. Planned and implemented 4 capacity building projects on life skills under the umbrella of Youth General Assembly (Sensitized 800 youth on sexual and reproductive health across Pakistan);
d. Involved in research project in collaboration with Sahas, India to counter child sexual abuse.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

In Pakistan, human sexuality is the subject of strong moral ideology,presented as part of culture. The assumption that individuals under 18 are “too young” to need Sexual and Reproductive Health & Rights information leads to Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI), unsafe abortion or childbirth, and sexual abuse. Working for Child Rights Movement, I came across many cases where the main cause of rape/unsafe child birth was lack of the victim's knowledge on SRHR and that sparked my passion for FP.

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

I planned and implemented a project to address the challenge of sexual and reproductive health in Pakistan through life-skills education training atYouth General Assembly. I knew that this problem can not be addressed by training women only that is why it was implemented for both genders. Also, it is always a challenge to initiate this program due to the cultural and social barriers but effective communication dealt with this issue. Because leadership is about leading from where you stand!

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? :

1. Being a Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholar, I want to use this platform to create a research alliance to focus on Family Planning Research, build network and create resources to share best practices globally.
2. As a Chairperson at Youth General Assembly (YGA), I want to: (a) Launch a training program focusing on youth capacity building on "Launching a Sexual and Reproductive Health Project as a Social Entrepreneure"; (b)Launch a social media campaign; (c) Track the impact of the training.

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