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World Contraception Day: A Celebration of Family Planning at the Bloomberg School

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Some of the 120 Under 40 leaders gathered in Washington, D.C. on September 21 for discussion, sight-seeing, and a session at Family Planning 2020.

World Contraception Day (WCD) is an annual global campaign held on September 26. Organizations and individuals all over the world, from Africa to the U.S. to Europe, hold WCD events (both in-person and virtual) on this day. The vision of WCD is to ensure a world in which every pregnancy is wanted, and focuses specifically on young people around the globe. From your-life: “Launched in 2007, WCD’s mission is to improve awareness of contraception and to enable young people to make informed choices on their sexual and reproductive health.”

Last week, the Bloomberg School hosted a small representative group of winners named as 120 Under 40 in Family Planning global leadership. Leaders traveled to the U.S. from all over the world for five days of workshops, meetings and celebrations. Highlights included a lecture at the Bloomberg School by former Sen. Barbara Mikulski (photo below), a trip to Washington D.C. for workshops and celebrations, and a private lunch in New York City with Population Council President Julia Bunting followed by a panel discussion and a reception and awards ceremony which can be viewed here

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For the first time, WCD at the Bloomberg School caps the week-long festivities to celebrate the newly named 120 Under 40. 120 Under 40 is a program of the Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health in the Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health at JHSPH with support from Bayer.

“120 Under 40 recognizes and galvanizes the accomplished and inspiring young people under 40 who are making a difference in family planning and reproductive health worldwide. 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. The project’s international profile increases awareness of family planning as critical to young people’s health and wellbeing and essential to sustainable global development.” - 120 Under 40


This event is hosted by the Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health and 120 Under 40: The New Generation of Family Planning Leaders, with the Anna Baetjer Society.

WHEN: Tuesday, September 26, 12:00 - 3:00 p.m.

WHERE: Wolfe Street Building Gallery (under the Wall of Wonder)





Today #JHSPH's Bill and Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health welcomes some of the family planning leaders from this year's 120 Under 40 winners to Baltimore. Over the next four days, a group of the winners will engage in conversations, activities and collaborations about family planning and messaging around the topic. Visiting from a handful of different countries, each young champion of family planning has a different perspective to bring and each participant will take back new knowledge to their home country so they can continue advancing their work in the field. . . . The photos above are of eight of the winners joining us in Baltimore today. The images showcase some of their individual efforts in family planning and depict just how vast the field can be. From left to right: Alison Hathaway (United States), Jennifer Amadi (Nigeria), Anu Manchikanti Gomez (United States), Elizabeth Futrell (United States - @JohnsHopkinsCCP), Le Hoang Minh Son (Vietnam), Ashish Bajracharya (Cambodia), Garima Mathias (New Delhi) and Elspeth Williams (United States). . . . For more about the winners, and the project, visit

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