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Md. Nahidul Islam

Md. Nahidul Islam - 2017 Nominee
Position: Founder
Organization: School of Farmers
Current Location: Dhaka, Bangladesh
Master of Economics in Development Economics from Dhaka School of Economics (DScE), University of Dhaka
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
Media and Information Literacy and Intercultural Dialogue by United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and Athabasca University
Awards Received:
  • Award:
    United Nations Online Volunteers Award
    Awarding Organization:
    United Nations Volunteers (UNV)
    Date Awarded:
    September 21, 2013
  • Award:
    Certificate of Appreciation from United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Ghana
    Awarding Organization:
    United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Ghana
    Date Awarded:
    July 31, 2015
  • Award:
    Performance Certification of United Nations Environment Program
    Awarding Organization:
    United Nations Environment Program
    Date Awarded:
    May 6, 2014
Md. Nahidul Islam is Social activist and researcher. He worked for Bring back our girls educational campaign which represent the new generation of family planning leaders. – Nominator
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

Md. Nahidul Islam is researcher and social activist. Based in Bangladesh, he trained lots of students and young people on across the country, including underprivileged and marginal communities. With his School of farmers project,he constantly tries to break the taboo and create awareness against Early Forced Marriage and Violence against Women involving young advocates, aged 10 to 25, from 2 colleges, 5 secondary schools and 05 Islamic seminaries in underprivileged areas.
Recognizing his contribution United Nations Volunteers award to United Nations Online Volunteers Award.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

Can you imagine Greek-like Bangladesh constitutes approx. 180 million people, 20 million more than Russia when only 28% Bangladeshi women 03% males use contraceptives. These is complete illusions of government, instead I think, what we need right now is demographic dividends. Therefore, I initiated nationwide projects that aims at breaking taboos of contraceptives use against traditional religious superstitions, creating a generation of young Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights advocates.

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

Firstly, when I started my work in Village for School of farmers, then i faced mostly the unbalanced of the farmers family. So I stated my worked for farmers family who are majority of Bangladesh about 80 %.
Secondly, For awareness of School of farmers, I got negative answer from the school students specially from Madrasa. So I started work with them to consciousness about family planning.

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? :

For upcoming years I will continue my fellowship on family planning and also worked for my project School of farmers. In the mean time I will continue works On Family Planning and contraceptive use, Early Marriage and Gender Violence.

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