S M Shaikat
- Age: 33
- | Grant Recipient
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SM Shaikat is passionate about creating space for girls and women at every stage.
SM was born and raised in Bangladesh. He received a Bachelor of Law degree from the University of London, and studied Human Rights Training at McGill University. As an Executive Director at SERAC-Bangladesh, he is responsible for organizational management, policy planning, program supervision, fund-raising, and project design.
Since becoming a Young Leader, SM is proud his organization achieved a place in the National Family Planning Technical Forum as the only youth-led organization in Bangladesh. Additionally, SERAC-Bangladesh initiated the world’s first-ever National Youth Conference on Family Planning in 2016 with the support from International Youth Alliance for Family Planning (IYAFP), with the third conference in November 2018, and it conducted a nationwide campaign on youth-friendly sexual and reproductive health services that inspired more than 5,000 youths to sign a pledge later endorsed by the Parliament Members. As an advocate, SM was elected to the UN-Habitat Youth Advisory Board as the Youth Advisor for Asia-Pacific and joined the Global Organizing Committee of the PMNCH Partners Forum 2018.
SM was inspired to become an advocate by Mahatma Gandhi through his call to “be the change I wanted to see” and because he was a great amplifier of people’s needs and voices by translating them into smaller actions.
In his free time, SM enjoys going sightseeing, traveling, and writing poetry.