Shreejana Bajracharya

Shreejana Bajracharya - 2019 Nominee
Position: Youth Champion
Organization: Asia Safe Abortion Partnership
Current Location: Kathmandu
Graduation on Gender Studies from Tribhuwan University
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
Swedish Institute's Young Connectors of the Future 2018- Diploma
A Deliver For Good Ambassador, By Women Deliver, a leading global advocacy organization June 2018
75 Public Votes Reached!
Shreejana works to create community-based access points and amplify the voices of her community to expand quality SRH services including abortion care, that is inclusive of the LGBTIQ community and people with disabilities in Nepal. – Nominator
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

Accessing FP service is still stigmatized. FP is taken as only reducing the population. However, it also implies to manage financial need of family members, spend quality time, proper nutrition, education and leveraging social status of the family. Use of contraceptive device facilitates this. The access to FP has not been inclusive where LGBTIQA+ community and people with disabilities also have right to access the service without stigma. I have worked with LGBTIQA+ community and organization working for disabilities to voice their issues to making access to family planning services intersectional. Young people is not homogeneous group. All young people have right to access youth-friendly FP services from facilities where their need should be respected.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

There is high unintended teenage pregnancies. The word "Sex" itself is a taboo. Sex before marriage is unacceptable. The situation is even worse in context of LGBTIQA+community & people with disabilities. The last option is seeking abortion. Again youths are highly stigmatized for accessing abortion from health facilities. This ultimately makes them to access abortion pills from black markets. Therefor, I am dedicated to end unsafe abortion & promote family planning services to young people.

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

I had worked with 1500 young women factory workers & trained then on importance of FP. I have been working with 60 midwives in 18 rural districts of Nepal. Building their capacity & mobilizing them in community with high unmet need. Developing social media strategies focused on youth friendly information on FP linking to service sites. Coordinating with organizations working for LGBTIQA+Community and people with disabilities and conducting human right based training.

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? :

Judgmental attitude of service provider (SP) is one of the prominent barrier for youths while accessing FP services. Youth hesitates to visit health facilities & seek service in private where they have to pay. I would like to utilize the grant in changing the attitude of SP by conducting "Value Clarification & Attitude Transformation" sessions which initiate a discussion ending stigma associated to LGBTIQA+community & people with disabilities accessing FP and safe abortion services.

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