Narayani Tripathi

Program Officer, Family Planning Association of Nepal

Narayani Tripathi is a young, energetic, action-oriented, public health professional who is passionate about working in the field of adolescents and youth sexual and reproductive health. Academically, she is a public health graduate and is currently, pursuing a master’s degree in Sociology. Professionally, she is working as a program officer Family Planning Association of Nepal since 2019 leading multiple projects like GBV, Youth and CSE, and SRH in Humanitarian settings.

She started her journey on sexual and reproductive health through the formation of a youth information center in the community and as a Peer educator of FPAN since 2009. Throughout her journey, she emphasized youth SRHR advocacy& activism, youth leadership and empowerment, parents, teachers, and community sensitization on family planning, gender equality, and gender-based violence, including comprehensive sexuality education in different formal and non-formal settings. She was engaged in different local youth organizations, NGO/CBOs like Rotract, Nepal Youth Council, Pragya Youth Forum, and CWIN Nepal and served larger young populations. She was awarded as Youth Champion in 2015. Consequently, she became youth coordinator and central board youth member of FPAN in 2018. She was awarded as the winner of the Idea winning project on CSE under her leadership organized by Nepal Youth Council on the occasion of IYD 2018.

It was not an easy sail for her journey, she faced numerous challenges, sometimes she was stigmatized by the community for undertaking a role of sharing SRH information freely and openly, which contradicted with and challenged the existing socio-cultural norms, and sometimes she was perceived as someone who deviated drastically from the societal expectation of being ‘girl/women/youth’ violated social norms and motivated youths in a wrong direction. However, her activism did not stop. Today, as a professional, she prioritizes hard-to-reach and most marginalized and vulnerable populations especially young youths women, girls, migrants youths through different innovative approaches in serving and reaching out for FP and SRHR and CSE information and services.