Two Weeks Left To Apply For the Young Visionaries Contest!

We’re accepting nominations for our Young Visionaries contest for just two more weeks! Until March 25, 2010 youth between the ages of 18 and 30 can share their visions for a just and healthy life, and get a chance to win a $1000 grant from the International Women’s Health Coalition to fund a project that works toward this vision.

After the nominations close on March 25, the IWHC communications staff will identify 5 finalists by popular vote and 5 finalists using the below criteria. Five judges, as selected by IWHC Communications staff, will then select the Grand Prize Winner. Judging criteria includes: (1) demonstrated commitment to IWHC’s mission, vision and theory of change; (2) strength of vision and proposed project; and (3) nominee demonstrates capacity for leadership.

We’ve gotten 35 applications from 17 different countries so far, and we’ve been impressed with the ideas that young people are pitching to us.

Here are a few of the nominees and the projects they want to work on. But don’t take my word for it – check out the Young Visionaries yourself and vote for the people who inspire you.

Ingrid Aude Agouak, Cameroun: I attended a session at the 4th Africa Conference on Sexual Health and Rights (AFSHR) talking about people living with disabilities and I was really touched. I realize that in Cameroon everything that is done at the level of sexual and reproductive health and rights (themes like violence against women; HIV/AIDS…), people living with disabilities are usually relegated to the backup plan, and even forgotten.

Felistah Mbithe Ngui, Kenya: Because of the number of young women infected with HIV/AIDS increasing every day, with the Young Visionaries contest grant I will implement a project known as I WEAVING MY LIFE targeting 10 young women ages 15-24 years living with HIV/AIDS and affected by the HIV/AIDS pandemic. The aim will be to reduce stigma and discrimination and increase accessibility of HIV/AIDS Care and treatment among young girls/women living with and affected by HIV/AIDS.

Meitar Moscovitz and Emma Gross, United States: With the $1000 grant from the IWHC Young Visionaries contest we will fund a sexual health education and empowerment video campaign that highlights the reality that we learn about sex from disparate sources in many locations. The heart of this campaign, which we call SexEdEverywhere (“SEE”), will begin with a competition calling for submissions of 30 to 90 second videos that will be reviewed and featured on a network of 5 (or more) microsites over time. The campaign will be based at, a website that will actively engage the people to whom it will speak: women and youth across the globe.

Maria Inés Romero, Paraguay: With a grant from the Youth Visionaries contest, I would like to create a non-governmental organization (NGO) to look for financial support for projects specifically for Women and for Youth. This organization will focus on sexual and reproductive health and rights, violence against women, HIV/AIDS, and other sexually transmited deseases. The NGO would work with the community to communicate and educate, through workshops, research, consulting and TICs (Technology, Information, and Communication). In Paraguay they are not many organization that works specialy with young people and even fewer less when sexuality is concerned. With this grant I could start my own action for my vision for young people.

Felix Scholz, Australia: If I receive the grant from IWHC’s Young Visionaries contest I intend to develop an online forum aimed at young adult men, where they can, in a non-judgmental and supportive environment, discuss issues of sexual health, practice and identity. Broadly speaking the forum would promote a model of sexual identity and expression based within theories and practices of sex positive feminism. I believe that inclusion of men, and younger men in particular are vital in the promotion of women’s health and rights, particularly reproductive and sexual health.



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