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Nana Abuelsoud

Ikhtyar for Gender Studies and Research, Cairo, Egypt

Nana Abuelsoud

Nana Abuelsoud, BA
SRHR Advocacy Officer, Ikhtyar for Gender Studies and Research, Egypt
nana.abuelsoud@fulbrightmail.org

Studying languages through my university years, I grew fond of understanding structures, their coherence, limitation and pitfalls. This inquisitiveness grew beyond linguistic theories; and articulated my passion for sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). I decided to focus in my SRHR work on evidence-based advocacy. In my project Mawanie (Preventives) funded by the World Contraception Day Ambassador (WCDA) project, I initiated a pilot study navigating young women’s access to emergency contraception (EC) and the extent to which pharmacists’ attitudes regulated that access.

Following my SRHR field work, I embarked on research to highlight and navigate sexual and reproductive struggles. I have nurtured my passion for SRHR work through the digital university I attended, administered by Women Deliver. In parallel with receiving the WCDA seed grant, I was accepted into a two-year Engaged Transformative Research Fellowship run by the Arab Families Working Group (AFWG), a partnership between the American University in Cairo and University of California in Davis. The AFWG committee selected my research project- tackling emergency contraception accessibility in Cairo for young women- to receive a seed grant to build on recommendations and findings of WCDA pilot study.

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