Sangeet Kayastha

Sangeet Kayastha - 2019 Nominee
Position: Coordinator & SRHR Advocate
Organization: Y-PEER Asia Pacific Regional Center
Current Location: Thailand, Asia
Masters in Development Studies (MDevs) from Purbanchal University
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelor in Social Work
Trained Advocate, Unite Youth Network for Gender Based Violence
Awards Received:
  • Award:
    Key Contributor & Steering Committee
    Awarding Organization:
    APCRSHR 9 Conference Secretariat (Vietnam)
    Date Awarded:
    September 30, 2017
75 Public Votes Reached!
Played a key role and was part of organizer team of Amsterdam Youth Force (AIDS 2018) & the International Conference on Family Planning(Youth ICFP 2018), the steering committee of 9 & 10 APCRSHR Conference, and lead SRHR+Youth in Humanitarian Settings – Nominator
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

For last 13 years, I had been working in various level and roles to work directly in the issues of Family Planning Starting as a ‘adolescent peer educator’ in 2006, I increased my information and going through journey I had worked directly with young people from more than 30 countries.

The work which I did had various impact in terms of providing information and training as well as linking and advocating the SRH services. It also includes various research and manuals which had been creating impact.

My current work since last 4 years had directly contributed to create a sustainable network of peer educators in many countries which includes Nepal, Bhutan, Laos, Vietnam and many others. Each network consists of minimum 50 to more than 5000 members in each country who continue to spread the information in grassroots level working closely with school, local government and other civil society organisations.

One of the recent research which I am involved in Nepal named as “Nepal Youth Health Risk Behavior Study 2018” had brought new facts such as linkages of FP information and services.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

Despite of the favorable laws and policies related to SRHR in Nepal, while working as a peer educator/Trainer I came to realize that the laws and policies had limited implications in terms of Information and Services related to family planning. It added more fuel to my work when realized other countries have similar situation related to accessing information and services as well as some countries even don’t have favorable laws and policies in compare to Nepal.

The passion and commitment on this work increased more when realized that me as individual working closely with other young people and adult partners can achieve much more to increase access of young people and other age groups in Family Planning Services and Information.

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

A. Realizing the need of more investment and coordination among young people and youth networks across Asia Pacific Region, I became a founder and coordinator of Y-PEER Asia Pacific Center and Established office in Thailand in 2016. The center served as a purpose of raising more funds for the regional events and also national networks across more than 8 countries in Asia Pacific Region. Since the establishment, the center had been working in coordination with many UN and other organisations to organize the regional and International forums and conferences. In includes , Asia Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development Goal (APFSD), APCRSHR ( Asia Pacific Conference on Reproductive and Sexual Health and Rights), Asia Pacific Population Conference(APPC).

B. In 2015, during the Nepal earthquake I was involved as a coordinator of overall project which was done in coordination of 5 leading SRHR organizations which includes UNFPA, Restless Development and other 3 youth organisations. The overall program served in more than 20 Temporary Shelters (Camps) and more than 40 schools in Earthquake effected districts through more than 30 youth peer educators. The overall activity supported young people and adolescents to get information about SRHR components as well as various other information such as mental health, mechanism of complain related to GBV and safe spaces with in camp for women and girls.

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? :

As a believer that young people should have proper access as well as proper information to all the family planning services, I will use the money to support the online platform which Young People across at least 5 countries can use to access information related SRHR as well as get information about the information related to Youth Friendly Health Services in their locality as well as other areas of their choice.

The 120 under platform will also be crucial as this will provide wider range to reach more FP activists and organisations to gather their best practices which could be replicated in my work as well as to share the best practices which we are doing in our region.

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