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Syed Ali Raza Rizvi

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Syed Ali Raza Rizvi - 2017 Nominee
Position: Filmmaker / Project Director / YCI fellow
Organization: Ehsas Films Project
Current Location: Karachi
Junior Year, Bachelors from Communication Studies and Design
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
ACCA Affiliate, UK
Awards Received:
  • Award:
    YCI Fellowship
    Awarding Organization:
    YCI and Packard Foundation
    Date Awarded:
    December 14, 2014
  • Award:
    Merit Scholarship
    Awarding Organization:
    Habib University
    Date Awarded:
    August 25, 2014
  • Award:
    Best Documentary
    Awarding Organization:
    Travel South Asia Film Festival 2016
    Date Awarded:
    February 1, 2016
He has produced short films to advocate for SRHR in South Asia. He is from Pakistan, but his work has made impact in India as well. His work has been covered in several national dailies and online blogs. He is empowering and engaging youth by example – Nominator
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

My films highlighting the plight of the LGBT community in Pakistan were huge success, they've been viewed over 100,000 times just online. Over a 1000 DvDs have been distributed to different organizations and young leaders who use it as tools to train their groups. My films have been shown in South Asian countries including India and Bangladesh. In Pakistan I have used over 14 live platforms to spread awareness through films. I have organized 12 public interactive sessions on SRHR for an audience of over 3000 people.
Since 2006, from a young age, I have been associated with Rahmuma Family Planning Association of Pakistan and have trained many peer groups. Besides, as a youth representative, I have participated in dialogue with stakeholders including policymakers and religious scholars.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

From a very young age, I started volunteering for SRHR through Rahnuma, member IPPF in Karachi. My experience exposed me to very grim stories of young women developing painful uterus infections due to lack of awareness, and young men going to quacks for their perceived health issues due to puberty. I realized that many people around me were clueless about their sexual and reproductive health because of lack of awareness. It motivated me to pursue advocacy for SRHR in my community.

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

I am a passion driven individual and like to keep my team energetic. I lead with example and in order to break the stigma around the LGBT and SRHR in my society, I initiate interactive dialogue, keeping cultural sensitivities into account. For example, when I was producing my film, Sapna, I encouraged team participation and delegated high-value tasks to young people so they take ownership of the cause and realize their importance, that they can make a big difference.

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? :

I would use this grant to legally register my project and make it a sustainable going concern to bring about a massive change in my community through the development of long lasting, interesting digital tools such as videos and art. Government recognition through legal registration will increase the impact manifolds as it would make advocacy tools such as public screenings and interactive campaigns in places like traffic signals accessible in high risk areas in Pakistan.

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