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Susanna Moore

Susanna Moore - 2017 Nominee
Position: Program Manager
Organization: Public Health Institute
Master of Arts (M.A.) in Social Anthropology (2011) from Latin American School of Social Sciences (FLACSO), Buenos Aires, Argentina
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
American Express Leadership Academy, Thunderbird School of Global Management (Arizona State University, 2015);
Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology, Latin American Studies and Spanish (University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2004);
Graduate of Minnesota Studies in International Development (MSID) Program (Ecuador, 2002-2003);

Awards Received:
  • Award:
    Hilldale Undergraduate/Faculty Research Fellowship Award
    Awarding Organization:
    University of Wisconsin-Madison
    Date Awarded:
    April 1, 2004
A successful and passionate advocate for youth leadership in sexual and reproductive health and rights, she manages GOJoven International and co-chairs the Implementing Best Practices in Reproductive Health Consortium of WHO, USAID and UNFPA. – Esther Tahrir, Senior Program Director at Public Health Institute
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

Through CSOs in Argentina and the U.S., I’ve worked to help secure an enabling environment for FP access by women & girls across the Global South, particularly in Latin America & the Caribbean. I've supported over 50 women’s and SRHR organization’s to articulate joint advocacy around the CPD, CSW, UNGASS on HIV/AIDS, and MDG and SDG processes, achieving the inclusion of progressive language around FP access. I supported 6 youth-led NGOs across Mexico and Central America build their organizational capacity to train thousands of adolescents, hundreds of new youth leaders, and dozens of educators & service providers about youth-friendly FP services for those most in need. In partnership with WHO, I support 45 leading FP CSOs worldwide in coordinating exchange of best practices for scale-up.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

Upon studying women’s & youth human rights issues across Latin America as a Anthropologist, I began to see one common denominator emerge. Reproductive empowerment is the key to realizing our dreams as youth and as women! Ever since, I’ve been working to build enabling environments in which women & girls are guaranteed the fundamental human right of accessing modern contraceptive methods, free of all forms of discrimination or coercion at the interpersonal, institutional and societal levels.

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

My commitment to the mission & values of my work drives me to enthusiastically assume new challenges, no matter where in the FP/RH arena. This has given me the opportunity to promote FP from a myriad of angles, from grassroots capacity-building, organizational development and leadership training to international best practices knowledge management and policy advocacy. I never lose my focus on building the positive human relationships that make our community of advocates thrive and achieve.

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 convene a strategy group with 10 young women FP leaders in Latin America, aiming to bring greater visibility to the impacts of FP access for the most marginalized communities of women & girls. We will showcase specific communities facing elevated FP need, in which our work as advocates is making a difference. By engaging high-level stakeholders as spokespeople for these communities, we will mobilize political will and crowdsource funding for new local, youth-led FP initiatives.

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