Ali Kaviri

2017 Winner

Position: Team Leader
Organization: Youth Equality Centre (YEC)
Current Location: Uganda, Africa

Bachelors of Community Based Rehabilitation from Kyambogo University, Kampala

Additional Degrees and Certifications:
• Presently I am pursuing a Masters of Arts in Local Governance and Human Rights at the Uganda Martyrs University in Uganda.
Awards Received:

Every Hour Matters Youth Champion
Awarding Organization:
Together for Girls
Date Awarded:
May 2, 2017

World Contraception Day Ambassador
Awarding Organization:
Women Deliver
Date Awarded:
September 2, 2016

Transformative Leadership Award
Awarding Organization:
Forum For Women in Democracy
Date Awarded:
December 1, 2011

Ali Kaviri is a Women Deliver Young Leader and a World Contraception Day Ambassador 2016. He is a dynamic youth activist and youth leader with over five years of experience at the forefront of many issues that promote pro-poor values, gender equality, good governance and social justice. Ali is the founder of the Youth Equality Center (YEC),, a youth led non-profit community enhancement organization that amplifies youth voices for gender equality and social justice. Ali previously worked with the Uganda Youth Network, doubling as the Gender point-person and Program Assistant for Policy Advocacy. He served as the President for the Forum for Women in Democracy (FOWODE) Young Leaders Alumni Network, which has a membership of over 500. He has previously worked with Digital Opportunity Trust International, where he taught technology, business and life skills to grassroots youth and women groups. Ali is a Founding Member of the Young Leaders Think Tank for Policy Alternatives, an initiative of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung in Uganda to enhance youth participation in governance and policy formulation. He is also the Board Chairperson for the African Youth and Adolescents Network on Population and Development (AfriYAN) in Uganda, a youth-led initiative supported by the UNFPA in Uganda. Ali holds a bachelor’s degree in Community Based Rehabilitation from Kyambogo University and is a candidate for a Master of Arts degree in Local Governance and Human Rights from Uganda Martyrs University.

“Ali is a Women Deliver Young Leader and a World Contraception Day Ambassador for 2016. Ali is providing timely, accurate, and up-to-date family planning information for adolescents and young people through a variety of online and mobile tools.

– Rwendeire Peniel, Executive Director at Network for Active Citizens

Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

I am a Women Deliver Young Leader and World Contraception Day Ambassador for 2016. I am the founder and Team Lead of the Youth Equality Center (YEC),, a youth led non-profit community enhancement organization that empowers young girls on sexual and reproductive health and gender issues. I am also an active blogger at: where I write articles advocating for the rights of women to contraception including making decisions about their sexual life. Through my work, I have advanced family planning through policy research and advocacy. Previously, I have been able to launch a website and a mobile application that seeks to provide information on family planning to the young people details at;

What sparked your passion for family planning?

My passion or conviction for promoting Family planning emanates from my childhood experiences in my home village in Eastern Uganda. It was a society that had no respect for a woman. Women were battered daily, had no decision making powers and were not allowed to raise their hand in public to speak. Only men did. It is not that I was opposed to men talking. Rather, I believed that women, just like men, have right to express their opinions. It is these injustices against women that inspires me.

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

I embrace the spirit of volunteerism and non discrimination of participants in my work. Our services are based on the Human Rights Based approach. Above all, i mobilize, coordinate and carryout research to inform our advocacy interventions.

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?

As a girls and women rights campaigner, I also strongly believe that this will make my development actions even more effective in order to have greater impact. With the different Networking and speaking opportunities provided under this program, I will be able to be part of a strong network of link minded colleagues where i will be able to bond, share experiences and build partnerships to help support girls and women in my community. The $1000 will enable us strengthen the Youth e-SRHR Radio

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