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Sanzida Zaman

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Sanzida Zaman - 2017 Nominee
Position: General Secretary
Organization: Youth Club of Bangladesh
B.Sc (Hons) in Food and Nutrition from College of Home Economics, University of Dhaka
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
Professional SRH Certificate awarded by Hunger Project Bangladesh
Awards Received:
  • Award:
    Best Social Action Project Award-2015
    Awarding Organization:
    British Council, British High Commission in Bangladesh
    Date Awarded:
    March 27, 2015
  • Award:
    Nominee for International Study Visit (ISV), UK
    Awarding Organization:
    British Council, British High Commission in Bangladesh
    Date Awarded:
    January 24, 2015
  • Award:
    International Social Action Project
    Awarding Organization:
    British Council, British High Commission in Bangladesh
    Date Awarded:
    March 21, 2017
In 2013, Sanzida Zaman cofounded Youth Club of Bangladesh, which implemented over 172 events about menstruation, contraceptives and thalassemia at 45 schools, colleges and universities in 53 areas across Bangladesh that benefited over 1030000 people. – Rakibul Hasan, Founder at Peacempire
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

Since 2013, under my leadership Youth Club of Bangladesh (YCB) implemented over 172 events at 45 schools, colleges and universities in 53 areas of all 8 divisions across Bangladesh. For the 04 years or more, YCB worked with partners and people of all age groups to create a grassroots movement benefiting over 1030000 people about major Public Health issues. It pioneered the largest health movement ever to eradicate thalassemia, while putting enormous emphasis upon generating demands for menstrual and contraceptive services both in urban and rural areas.

Earlier we formed a popular coalition of citizens—teachers, professionals, physicians, journalists, administrators, priests, politicians, victims and people of all walks of lives to successfully implement this Public Health events.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

As a Bangladeshi girl, I’m told menstruation is a shame if not a crime, when Islam tells me to stay away, family tells me to avoid public appearances and school tells me to stay home while menstruating 7 days a month. We can’t go to mosque, pray, cook or touch food. Even our lady teachers are too discomforted skipping the chapters on textbook. About 97% women suffer from cervical infection due to unhygienic menstruation that hampers their sexual life and instigating their husbands to torture.

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

In 2013, I cofounded Youth Club of Bangladesh (YCB), which implemented over 172 events about menstruation, contraceptives and thalassemia at 45 schools, colleges and universities in 53 areas across Bangladesh that benefited over 1030000 people. Later in 2016, YCB becomes partner with Peacempire, a Women Deliver seed grant project that works in 32 villages of Narayanganjj to reduce early marriages and gender violence forming popular coalition of priests, politicians and administrations for SRHR.

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? :

Once I'm winner this year, I'll use the platform to implement "Menstrual Corps", a popular movement led by young people to generate demands for menstrual and contraceptive services in Bangladesh. This pipeline project will be the entrepreneurial venture of Youth Club of Bangladesh, the largest youth initiative on Public Health in Bangladesh. Moreover, we will launch our new project "Live, Let Live", a storytelling initiative to document the unheard voices of reproductive health and rights.

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Photos of the nominee in the field/at work
During grassroots movement on a Public Health issue, Sanzida Zaman speaking in a health seminar, Community tour of Youth Club of Bangladesh

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