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Umair Asif

Umair Asif - 2019 Nominee
Position: Executive Director
Organization: Kafka Welfare Organization
Current Location: Lahore
Master from Seoul National University
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
Women Deliver Digital University (SRHR, Meaningful Youth Engagement, Media & Communication & SDGs)
UNOSDP Young Leaders Program
Human Rights Education Seoul National University
SRHR Trainer YPEER

Awards Received:
  • Award:
    Best Thesis Award 2017
    Awarding Organization:
    Seoul National University
    Date Awarded:
    December 20, 2017
  • Award:
    Hero of Pakistan
    Awarding Organization:
    Samma TV
    Date Awarded:
    March 3, 2013
  • Award:
    Make a Difference Award 2013
    Awarding Organization:
    British Youth Council London
    Date Awarded:
    January 1, 2013
75 Public Votes Reached!
Umair is a youth activist from Pakistan and a changemaker. He has been a SRHR and Family Planning advocate in Pakistan and has 8 years worth of experience leading projects. He also uses sports to promote gender equality and youth health. – Iram Hasan, Chairperson at Kafka Welfare Organization
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

I am a youth activist, SRHR, family planning, and HIV/AIDS advocate. I use innovation like sports and social media for family planning and SRHR awareness and advocacy. I started as a trainer and peer educator of YPEER Pakistan. I founded Kafka Welfare Organization Pakistan in 2010 and took the lead to change lives of young people in Pakistan. I have been leading SRHR and family planning projects including Youth Health Friendly Helpline that is a youth-based social media helpline. For two years, I served IYAFP as a Country Coordinator Pakistan and started Your Life Your Choice project in Lahore, Pakistan that has changed the lives of 3500 youngsters. I also served as an abstract reviewer at ICFP 2019 and 2017 and a member of EAC at FP2020.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

In Pakistan, family planning services are rare for young people, particularly for girls. 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. Suffering and miserable condition of youth in my community motivated me to take a stand for being an advocate of change.

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

I am the founder of Kafka Welfare Organization that focuses on family planning and youth health. Also, I was Country Coordinator of IYAFP for two years and led the campaign at the National level. I started My Life my Choice youth awareness-based family planning project in Lahore Pakistan. Moreover, I was a member of the Expert Advisory Community FP2020 Goals. Further, I lead the SRHR based Youth Health Friendly Helpline.

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 make a safe space in the form of a sports field in my city where youth would gather, and learn about family planning and SRHR issues without fear of discrimination and cultural barriers. Youth would be trained as well on how they can use sports to boost SRHR campaigns and how to make safe spaces for better youth engagement.

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