Trang Le

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Trang Le - 2017 Nominee
Position: Lecturer/Researcher/Gender Activist
Organization: Faculty of Social Work, Trade Union University
Current Location: Vietnam
Master of Social Work from University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Vietnam
Awards Received:
  • Award:
    World Contraception Day Ambassador
    Awarding Organization:
    Women Deliver and Bayer
    Date Awarded:
    September 26, 2016
  • Award:
    200 SRHR Young Leader
    Awarding Organization:
    Women Deliver
    Date Awarded:
    May 1, 2015
  • Award:
    University President's Scholarships for Research Training Program
    Awarding Organization:
    University of South Australia
    Date Awarded:
    May 20, 2017
Trang is 2016 World Contraception Day Ambassador and WD Young Leader. She published the very first photo-book on Vietnamese ethnic girls to showcase their challenges when accessing SRHR. She is currently working as an evidence-based gender activist. – Nominator
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

As a social worker, a lecturer and a researcher in SRHR field, I have been promoting family planning for the past five years. Through my work, I have trained more than 1000 young people, providing them with accurate SRHR information and empowering them to become the change agents in their communities. In 2016, being selected as the World Contraception Day Ambassador, I used the grant to conduct a photo-voice research project to collect stories on family planning and SRHR issues among Vietnamese ethnic minorities and sexual minorities. Research results were then disseminated to community and policy makers to call for their attention and actions. I also founded a platform (SOS: Sharing of Stories–The Silenced Speak Up) to encourage Vietnamese youth to share their voices on SRHR challenges.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

My passion for FP originated from the experience of teaching minority students at my school. Such minority groups as LGBTQI or ethnic people are excluded from the main stream SR healthcare systems. They are discriminated and denied of accessing FP information and services. Sadly, these populations are not received much attention from both policy makers, researchers and the community. I am angry of this unequal situation and motivated to advocate for their SR rights. No one should be left behind.

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

Being a social work practitioner and educator, I got the opportunity to interact directly with many young people at community levels. I believe in youth power as the most sustainable solution; thus, I have been training and empowering young people to become the SRHR activists. To me, leadership does not merely mean being in a leading position but being the person who creates change. Change could be massive or could simply be inspiring others to become the change agents of their own community.

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 an evidence-based SRHR activist, I would love to use 120under40 to promote the involvement of academia in Family Planning field. The networking and speaking opportunities under the platform will also help me to call for greater attention to the targeted minorities' problems. The $1000 grant would be well spent to organize 1 dialogue with the policy makers and publish 200 photo-books to showcase SRHR challenges facing minorities groups. This would promote the SRHR policy changes in my country.

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