Laraib Abid, a Pakistani social worker, founder of MASHAL and lecturer at the University of Punjab (PU), has won the award for her novel idea in a competition organized by The Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health (GI), with support from Bayer. The competition ‘120 under 40: The New Generation of Family Planning Leaders’ recognizes and highlights the achievements of the next generation of family planning leaders worldwide. 120 Under 40 shines a light on the “positive disruptions” made by young leaders for a healthy family.
The initial selection for the competition was announced in Women Deliver Conference Canada organised on June 6-9, 2019, in Vancouver. More than 8,000 participants from 165 different countries came to Vancouver to advance the cause of gender equality and health-related rights of girls and women. Women Deliver 2019 was also part of a global dialogue with more than 100,000 people engaging worldwide via satellite events. These young leaders participated in different ways throughout the conference; starting with the regional performance at the pre-conference event in which they participated and showed the culture of their region.
Digital poster from Laraib Abid was also selected to be presented at the conference held by Gates Institute.