Position: Youth Champion Initiative Fellow
Organization: Feminist Approach to Technology
Ankita Rawat is a Youth Champion Initiative Fellow and a consultant for a campaign against early and forced marriage at Feminist Approach to Technology. She also managed the “Know Your Body, Know Your Rights” program that advances the sexual and reproductive health and rights of young people by increasing their access to information and services at YP Foundation, a youth-led organization that empowers young people to take action on issues of importance to them.
“As a FP champion, Ankita is passionate and strategic. She advocates for comprehensive sexuality education, mobilizes youth, leverages media and digital stories, and is spearheading an innovation to improve quality of CSE for youth with disabilities.”
– Carol Larson, President at David and Lucile Packard Foundation
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.
What sparked your passion for family planning?
What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced in your family planning efforts, and what have you done to overcome it?
1. Build young people’s leadership and take charge of their own health lives
2. Provide CSE to youth
3. Train Youth on Digital Story telling and they can raise their voices / lobbying for YF SRH services with Health Service Provider
What is your (country/region/city)’s biggest challenge in family planning, and how can it be addressed?
1. FP services are for heterosexual married couples
2. FP services neglects the need of Unmarried youth,LGBTQIA, Young People living with Disability.
3. Our laws and policies also act as barrier for a person below 18 years , LGBTQIA to avail FP services.
4. PL with Disability are not seen as sexual beings.
To address these challenges ,
1.Build a feminist perspective in our decision maker , gatekeepers
2. Involve neglected youth in policy making