Shoukat Ashraf

Shoukat Ashraf - 2019 Nominee
Position: Master trainer on SRHR
Organization: Starfish Pakistan
Current Location: Pakistan , Lahore
Master of Commerce from School
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
Associate cost and Management Accountant (ACMA)
Pakistan institute of Public Finance Accountants (PIPFA)
Awards Received:
  • Award:
    Most Active Volunteer Award
    Awarding Organization:
    Starfish Pakistan
    Date Awarded:
    October 6, 2017
75 Public Votes Reached!
Shoukat has been working the last 5 years as a trainer in Pakistan. Helping students and teachers with information on important, but taboo themes regarding coming of age. Shoukat works with devotion and dedication in one the most hostile enviroments – Nominator
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

I’m a young SRHR and Family Planning Advocate. I’ve been able to bring innovations into social, behavior and economic change through Teachers Training (TOT). Teachers Training is a great meium to disseminate such awareness among the audience even at grassroots level. It plays an important role in bringing change in behaviors and practices of people. I’ve been performing TOT since 2013 to spread awareness regarding FP, SRHR, HIV/AIDS prevention and awareness against early age marriages and violence against women among the youth of different institutes and under-privileged areas. This includes a campaign “Youth Coalition for Family Planning and SRHR” to advocate FP and SRHR through (TOT) which is an entertainment-education medium for long-lasting impact. .

What sparked your passion for family planning?

In Pakistan, majority of the women particularly young girls are far away from the proper knowledge of SRHR and FP. Incidents of abortion are 50-60/1000 women or 2.10-2.30 million abortions in a year. According to CIA World Factbook (Infant mortality rate: male: 57 deaths/1,000 live births, female: 50.6 deaths/1,000 live births. My passion for justice and women’s health and rights fuels my advocacy.

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

I initiated 2 campaigns e.g.“Teacher Training (TOT) HIV/AIDS” & “Be a Social Change” to spread awareness regarding the prevention of HIV/AIDS, SRHR and FP. Amnesty International and International Youth Activists Network to spread awareness on SRHR, Also share with student HIV/AIDS prevention and FP. I founded Institute for Social and youth Development to engage youth to be active members and change agents.

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 be establishing and strengthening Youth Coalition for Family Planning and SRHR. I want to grow Youth Coalition for Family Planning and SRHR at National and International level to engage young people to breakdown the stereotypes and to exchange, share their ideas, issues and efforts to advocate for SRHR and FP. I will be advocating through performing Teachers Training (TOT) and awareness seminars to spread proper SRHR and FP education and to prepare young activists for FP in Pakistan .

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