Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Gates 120 under 40 campaign to highlight young leaders in family planning

Press Release;

This week, the Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health launched 120 Under 40a new project that will recognize and highlight the achievements of the next generation of family planning leaders worldwide.

The project launched on September 26 — World Contraception Day, an annual event that puts international attention on enabling young people to make informed decisions about family planning and reproductive health.

“120 Under 40 shines a light on the ‘positive disruptions’ made by young leaders in family planning, enabling others to model their behaviors and build on their success,” says Jose “Oying” Rimon, director of the Gates Institute. 

“The project’s international profile will increase awareness of family planning as critical to young people’s health and wellbeing and essential to sustainable global development.”

Over the next five years, 120 Under 40 will recognize and galvanize the accomplished and inspiring young people who are making a difference in family planning and reproductive health worldwide. The nomination period opens January 1, 2016.

Nominees must be 40 years or younger by December 31, 2016, and must have made significant contributions to family planning at the local or national level in one or more of the following categories: advocacy, programming/program implementation, research, service delivery, demand generation, policy/government or media.

Nominees and nominators will hail from all over the world. To demonstrate the depth and breadth of the young leaders’ involvement in the family planning movement, all nominees will be posted on the 120 Under 40 website.

From this pool of nominees, an expert review board and the public will choose 40 winners who will be announced on World Contraception Day 2016. The process will repeat in 2018 and 2020, so that a roster of 120 outstanding young leaders will be assembled by 2020 — the year by which the Family Planning 2020 (FP2020) partnership aims to enable 120 million additional women and girls to access life-saving contraceptives and other reproductive health supplies.

Please visit and follow 120 Under 40 on Facebook and Twitter.

Media contact:
Marianne Amoss, Gates Institute

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