Yidnekachew (Yidnek) Mogessie
- Age: 27
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From being a brother to a medical doctor and community leader, men have a tremendous role in achieving gender equality. Meaningful engagement with boys and men is increasingly recognized as critical to gender equality and equity, necessary not only for women’s empowerment but also for transforming the social and gender norms that reinforce patriarchy and inequality and harm the health of both women and men.
- Yidnekachew (Yidnek) Mogessie
Yidnekachew (Yidnek) Mogessie was born and raised in Ethiopia. He is working toward his Doctor of Medicine at St. Paul’s Hospital Millennium Medical College. Yidnek is a UN Foundation FP2020 youth focal point for Ethiopia, International Youth Alliance for Family Planning country coordinator, Amref Health Africa member, Youth Advisory Parliament member, Pathfinder International and Care International member, Project Technical Advisory Committee member for Act with Her Project, and Federal Ministry of Health, Adolescent and Youth Health Technical Working Group member.
What ignited your pursuit for gender equality?
In my daily medical practice, I encounter different health problems that pose a tremendous hardship to women due to gender in inequalities in our country, ranging from early marriage, FGM, and rape to access and utilization of maternal care, general healthcare, family planning, and safe abortion services. These health problems can be prevented by ensuring gender equality in our community.
Please share your biggest wins as an advocate for gender equality.
One of my success stories as a women’s and youth's rights activist is serving more than 20,000 youth, equipping them with the necessary knowledge and skills such as communication, group dynamics, team building, emotional intelligence, essential leadership, and youth-friendly education delivery methodologies, across the globe. The main reason behind my success story is strong volunteerism culture towards achieving a common goal with different colleagues, which is improving reproductive health, gender equality, and family planning services.
Outside of your gender equality advocacy work, what do you enjoy doing?
During my spare time, I enjoy volunteering, dancing, hiking, and playing basketball.
- Amharic (Advanced/Native)
- English (Advanced/Native)
- male engagement
- meaningful youth engagement
- family planning
Past Awards, Certifications, or Fellowships:
- International Federation of Medical Students Association (IFMSA) Leadership Skills Trainer
- International Project Management Seminar by Danish Youth Council
- Public Health Principles in Disaster Medicine and Humanitarian Response by Collaborating Centre for Oxford University and CUHK for Disaster and Medical Humanitarian Response
- World Health Organization, UN University, MOOC on Implementation Research (IR) with a focus on Infectious Diseases of Poverty (IDP)
- Essentials of Youth Policy by European Union and Canvas Network
- Rise Up Youth Champion
- Student Projects for Health Award by Foundation of Advancement on International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER)
- Rex Crossely Award 1st place on 67th IFMSA General Assembly in Hurghada, Egypt (2018)
- Global Health Focus Speakers Recognition at Global Health Pharmacy Conference in Sudan (2017)
- First Place at IFMSA Standing Committee on Sexual and Reproductive Health including HIV/AIDS activities fair in Arusha, Tanzania