Sarmad Ali

Sarmad Ali - 2016 Nominee
Position: Provincial Coordinator, Trainer, Student, Research Expert and Writer
Organization: Youth Voices Count and Youth Parliament of Pakistan
He has been working in the field of human rights, sexual reproductive health and rights and striving for social, political justice for the young people of the country. He had completed many projects, trainings, workshops, seminars and conducting radio programs for HIV AIDS prevention and family planning. – Nominator
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

I have been working in the field of human rights and family planning to control over population since 2010 as volunteer with organizations. I have did advocacy for Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights under my one year project as provincial coordinator and trainer with YPP. I performed theaters and participated in the events for fammily planning. As freelance I have conducted lady health workers and have published my work at local and regional magazines and websites. I have worked for empowering girls and women on the platform of Sujag Sansar Organization under their Literacy Project in less privileged area Dadu District Sindh.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

I am living a less privliged & undeveloped society, I took a deep about the challanges that are not leading us to development. Over population is one of the main cause of poverty  and less privileged areas. I saw that more than 60 % popullation is living below the line poverty.

What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced in your family planning efforts, and what have you done to overcome it?

I have faced many challenges but still there is concept of religion and their allies are powerful. My country is living with major population of Muslims 98 %. I am facing very conservative people for awareness.

I provinding my volunteer services to brign change. Change takes time to empower individuals and communities.

What is your (country/region/city)’s biggest challenge in family planning, and how can it be addressed?

There is are still not basic health units in less privileged areas, there is not a campaign at national level. There must be youth advocates for family planning institutions, individuals & organizations. There must be awareness & advocacy.

What do you want to accomplish in the next 5 years?

We will introduce Punjab Youth Health Policy for Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights through resolution by platform of YPP. I will write more interesting articles, blogs, provide training's, held workshops and conducting radio programs for advocacy. I will built structure of YEO for women empowerment and family planning. I will contitnue my struggle on different platform.

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