Two Keanahikishime Staff Nominated for 120Under40: The New Generation of Family Planning Leaders

Keanahikishime staffers Melissa Wanda Kirowo and Kate Cho have been nominated for 120Under40: The New Generation of Family Planning Leaders.

Keanahikishime staffers (Kenya) and (Arlington, Virginia) were nominated for the global by family planning colleagues for their substantial contributions to reproductive health at the national or local level. According to the 120 Under 40 website, an anonymous colleague nominated Kate, and colleagues from PATH, Family Health Options Kenya, and the Kenya Centre for the Study of Adolescence nominated Melissa.

From June 27 to July 10, 2016, an expert review board and the public (through an online vote) will choose 40 winners who will be announced on World Contraception Day 2016 (September 26), an annual event that puts international attention on enabling young people to make informed decisions about family planning and reproductive health.

Each winner will receive $1,000, furnished by the Gates Institute, to continue their work in family planning.

The process will repeat in 2017 and 2019, 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.

120 Under 40 is organized by the , with sponsorship from .

What you can do

  • Vote: Voting is open June 27 to July 10. To vote, go to the 120Under40 website and find the profiles of reproductive health champions,  and . From each profile, click the red button that says "Vote for [NAME]".  You may vote once a day (June 27 to July 10) for as many nominees as you want.

  • Social media: After you vote, tell your friends that you voted. Use hashtag and link to the nominees profiles (e.g. and ). Follow us on Twitter , , and , and Facebook and for sample messages to share on your favorite social media platform.