The Youth Representative 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 two individuals selected through this process will participate in all Reference Group activities and share the seat during in-person meetings.
The Youth Reference Group Members will serve as a critical link between FP2020 and networks of 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.
Manasa Priya Vasudevan of India is a program manager for the New Delhi-based YP Foundation, a youth-run and youth-led organization that supports and fosters young leaders working to advance the rights of young women and girls. She focuses on programming that moves the needle on sexual and reproductive health and rights for young people, and delivers comprehensive sexuality education to marginalized youth.
Mbencho Andrew Millan of Cameroon joins the Reference Group with years of experience as dynamic advocate for heath and family planning in his community and on the global stage. He is the founder and Executive Director of Youth Health International, an organization that works with young people and policymakers to remove barriers to accessing quality healthcare for young people. He was named one of 2017’s 120 Under 40, which celebrates the next generation of family planning leaders.
Press Release: Young Family Planning Champions Selected to Help Guide FP2020 Partnership
Today, two outstanding young people join Family Planning 2020’s (FP2020) Reference Group—made up of global leaders devoted to reaching women and girls with lifesaving modern contraception—to serve as a critical link between FP2020 and the youth networks working on behalf of their peers around the world. They were chosen from more than 250 of people under 30 worldwide who applied for the two positions.
Communiqué De Presse: Deux jeunes champions de la planification familiale choisis pour contribuer à définir l’orientation du Partenariat FP2020
Aujourd’hui, deux jeunes remarquables viennent grossir les rangs du Groupe de référence de Family Planning 2020 (FP2020) — composé de chefs de file mondiaux œuvrant en faveur de l’accès des femmes et des filles à des méthodes de contraception modernes et vitales ; ils feront fonction de lien essentiel entre FP2020 et les réseaux de jeunes travaillant au nom de leurs pairs à travers le monde. Leur profil a été retenu parmi plus de 250 candidats de moins de 30 ans issus des quatre coins du globe, qui briguaient eux aussi l’un de ces deux postes.
Young People Know the Way Ahead for Family Planning
Meet two remarkable new additions to the Family Planning 2020 Reference Group Manasa Priya and Mbencho Andrew understand the acute need and critical gaps that their peers around the world confront every day when they seek accurate, quality sexual and reproductive health information and services.
FP2020 is governed by the Reference Group, which sets the overall strategic direction and drives coordination among the partnership’s stakeholders. Reference Group members are drawn from governments, multilateral organizations, civil society, donor agencies, and the private sector, and are accountable for ensuring that 120 million more women and girls have access to voluntary family planning information, services, and contraceptives by the year 2020. Serving as a Reference Group member offers a unique opportunity for meaningful participation for young people at the highest level of FP2020’s governance.
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