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Tasneem Kakal

Department
SRHR
Title
Advisor
Phone
+31205688364

Tasneem Kakal is a feminist youth advocate and researcher in development, currently working at Royal Tropical Institute (KIT), Amsterdam in sexual and reproductive health rights (SRHR).

She has a grasp of quantitative and qualitative data analysis and works at the intersection of gender and health. She has experience conducting mixed methods studies on SRHR in various settings and she focuses on youth and sexuality. At KIT, she is working on multi-country projects such as Yes I Do and Get up Speak Out (GUSO) conducting research on child marriage and SRHR across countries in Asia and Africa. She has also been awarded for a mixed methods study that she conducted on teenage childbearing in South Africa in 2014.

Tasneem also complements her research experience with programming. She co-founded two youth-led grassroots organisations working in rural areas and urban slums in Maharashtra, India. She has fundraised and created strategic partnerships with organisations and funders for various projects in Mumbai. This has enabled her to work at different levels with communities, governments and international organisations. Prior to KIT, she worked with Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), an international impact agency that conducts randomised control trials and Oxfam Novib, an international NGO. Tasneem is a self-starter with a strong work ethic to deliver results. She thrives in partnerships, can coordinate interests and mobilise stakeholders to work towards a common vision. She is an alumnus of the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS), The Hague, is a World Economic Forum Global Shaper and a Young Leader at Women Deliver. 

Projects

  • Break Free ! Les jeunes défendent leur santé et leurs droits sexuels et reproductifs

    • Institute
    • Project

    La santé et les droits sexuels et reproductifs (SDSR) sont essentiels au développement sain des jeunes, mais beaucoup d’entre eux doivent trouver leur chemin avec des informations inexactes, un accès limité aux services de santé et des normes sexospécifiques néfastes qui empêchent les filles d’avoir leur mot à dire dans les décisions qui les concernent. […]

  • Break Free! – Young people advocate for their sexual and reproductive health and rights

    • Institute
    • Project

    Sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) are critical to the healthy development of young people, but many young people must find their way with inaccurate information, poor access to health services, and harmful gender norms that prevent girls from having a say in decisions that affect them. In many African countries, young girls face […]

  • RISE – Resilience through Information on SRHR & Empowerment

    • Institute
    • Project

    The RISE programme aimed to strengthen the capacity of NGO (health) professionals and academic institutions to meet the sexual and reproductive health and rights needs of groups displaced by conflict and the climate crisis in southern Bangladesh. Tailor-made Training Together with our partners, KIT delivered a two-module tailor-made training programme to 30 health professionals from Family Planning Association Bangladesh […]

  • We Care

    • Institute
    • Project

    Government policies in Bangladesh recognise that sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) services and information are crucial. However, the technical capacity of health workers to provide them needs to be strengthened, especially to ensure the inclusion of vulnerable women and men, young people, people with disabilities and people from minority groups. “We Care” aims […]

  • Sexual Violence in Humanitarian Settings: Nigeria, Yemen and Haiti

    • Institute
    • Project

    This project aims to increase the ability of humanitarian actors to identify and respond to the needs and rights of victims of sexual violence. It also aims to improve the availability of services for sexual violence survivors. The study will generate evidence, identify good practices and disseminate lessons learnt about sexual violence in six different […]

  • Yes I Do: Reduce Child Marriage, Teenage Pregnancies and Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting

    • Institute
    • Project

    This project aims to reduce child marriage, teenage pregnancies and female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) related practices. Its work covers seven countries: Pakistan, Indonesia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique, Zambia and Malawi. The Yes I Do project is a joint collaboration with Plan Netherlands in the lead, along with CHOICE, Rutgers and Amref. It is funded by the […]

  • Get Up Speak Out! Improve Access of Young People to Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Services

    • Institute
    • Project

    The aim of the ‘Get Up Speak Out!’ (GUSO) project is to improve access to Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights information (SRHR), education and services for young people and empower them to claim their rights, make decisions and participate meaningfully in society. The project is implemented in 7 countries – Pakistan, Indonesia, Ethiopia, Kenya, […]

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