Sara Vida Coumans

The Netherlands
33 years old

Key areas of interest

Youth leadership, Advocacy, Social Justice, Gender Equality, HIV and Aids.

Relevant Experience

Sara has been a Youth Advocate for Sexual and Reproductive Rights since she was 16 years old. She has been a member of CHOICE for Youth and Sexuality from 2005 until 2012 and a member of the Youth Coalition for Sexual and Reproductive Rights since 2009. Within these organizations she has been working on the national, regional and international level to promote the access of youth to their sexual and reproductive rights. She has been involved in various international spaces such as, the CPD, CSW and High Level Meeting on Youth.

Sara was one of the co-chairs of the International Steering Committee for the Global Youth Forum and a member of the Reference Group for the Human Rights Conference, both thematic conferences within the ICPD+20 review. Sara has served as the Secretary (2011-2012) and the Chair (2012-2013) of the YCSRR Board of Directors.

Outside her commitment to the YCSRR, Sara has gained experience within various organizations working on SRHR. Amongst others, she has worked as Assistant Advocacy officer at the World Population Foundation, completed an internship with the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Health & Aids Department and worked for CHOICE for Youth and Sexuality as Project Officer for the European Dialogue for Youth Rights project.

Additional information

Sara’s Bachelors Thesis focused on the Double Stigma: HIV and Sex work in South Africa, her field research was done in collaboration with the UNFPA Sub-Saharan Regional Office and its partners.

Sara completed a Masters of Social Policy for Development and specializing in Children and Youth Studies at the Institute of Social Studies (ISS) December 2013. Sara’s MA Research Paper ‘How Age Matters’ explored Dutch Debates on Age and Sex Work and was awarded one of the three Best Research Papers prizes.

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