Umair Asif

Umair Asif - 2016 Nominee
Position: Country Coordinator-Pakistan
Organization: International Youth Alliance for Family Planning
He is a young activist of Pakistan. He is founder of a youth led NGO Kafka Welfare Organization. He has very good command on SRHR, HIV/AIDS and Family Planing. – Nominator
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

I am a family planning advocate. I mainly focus on SRHR and Child Marriages. I advocate youth on family planning issues through workshops and online tools social media and blogging. I am founding director of a youth led organization and a global youth blog. Recently, i am appointed as a Country Coordinator at International Youth Alliance for Family Planning. I contributed at policy platform at national and local level and to Women Deliver 2013, ICAAP11 and AIDS 2014. I am advocating provincial child marriages law. I got make a difference award 2013 by British Youth Council for community serving and youth development. I contributed as an abstract reviewer at Family Planning Conference 2016 Indonesia. I also served and learned SRHR skills by YPEER Pakistan.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

I believe family planning is a basic human right. Everyone should be free to decide for physical relations and having a child. The injustice regarding your choice for a relation gave me passion to work for Family Planning. I want to give youth a healthy sexual life with liberty to take decisions.

What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced in your family planning efforts, and what have you done to overcome it?

Biggest challenges i faced are religious misconceptions and cultural taboos. I overcome them with logic and facts. Being a leader, i use my skills of empathy, flexibility and think like a growth mind set. You can find examples within traditions to counter taboos.

What is your (country/region/city)’s biggest challenge in family planning, and how can it be addressed?

The biggest challenge of my country in family planning is giving choice of physical relationship to females. Usually, they cannot take decisions about abortion and giving birth to a child. Similarly, in my province child marriages law is under discussion and minimum age for marriages for a girl is 16. It needs massive awareness and full commitments of all stakeholders to solve the issues. Recently, women protection law is passed which is a positive signal to solve these issues.

What do you want to accomplish in the next 5 years?

I want to become a social economist. I want my organization to be a part of UN consultation on youth health. I want to contribute to FP2020. I want to change minimum age of marriage for girls to 18 year from 16 years. Through advocacy and campaigning.

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