Youth Representative Named to Newly Established Seat on FP2020 Reference Group

Margaret Bolaji CROP

Nigerian appointee will keep the spotlight on youth issues at highest levels of leadership in the global partnership.

Washington, D.C. (April 5, 2016) – Family Planning 2020 (FP2020), the global partnership that supports the rights of women and girls to decide, freely, and for themselves, whether, when, and how many children they want to have, is pleased to announce that Margaret Bolaji will serve as the newly appointed youth seat representative on FP2020’s Reference Group. 

Bolaji, from the Osun State in Nigeria, is Research Associate at the Population and Reproductive Health Initiative at the Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital in Kaduna State, Nigeria, and Vice President of the UNFPA Youth Advisory Group. At age 27, Bolaji has demonstrated a strong passion and commitment to increasing family planning access for those who are most in need. She has served on a youth advisory group to UNFPA in Northern Nigeria to ensure that the priorities of young people in her community are reflected in UNFPA programming, and has spoken publicly on these priorities at the 2016 International Conference on Family Planning and the inaugural Nigerian Summit on Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child, and Adolescent Health (RMNCAH) Accountability earlier this year. Read more. 


About the Youth Seat

Family Planning 2020 (FP2020) in 2016 accepted applications for a young person to join our Reference Group, which provides leadership and oversight across the FP2020 partnership’s efforts and comprises 18 members representing multi-lateral organizations, civil society, governments, and the private sector.

The Youth Seat on the FP2020 Reference Group is intended to incorporate the perspectives of young people and provide an opportunity for meaningful participation at the highest levels of FP2020’s governance.

The Youth Reference Group Member will serve as a critical link between FP2020 and adolescents and young people in the family planning community. Successful candidates will have the ability to articulate insights that reflect a strong understanding of issues, concerns, and opportunities that are unique to young people and adolescents.

Eligible youth seat applicants were:

  • A member of at least one youth network engaged in work to advance the sexual and reproductive health and rights of young people, specifically related to ensuring the right to contraceptives;
  • Under the age of 30 (the applicant must have been born after March 4, 1987 at the time of application submission); and
  • Able to serve for a two-year period.

Please review additional information about the Reference Group here:


Thank you for your interest in FP2020's new youth seat on the Reference Group. Applications have now closed.  Please learn more regarding the Reference Group Youth Seat appointee here