What actions are you taking to promote and protect the health and rights of women and young people worldwide?
I joined the Board of Directors of Students Active for Ending Rape (SAFER) last year as the Student Outreach Coordinator. Students Active For Ending Rape is a nonprofit organization that helps college students change how their universities prevent and respond to sexual violence. The Department of Justice says that between 20-25% of all college women will be raped or survive attempted rape before they graduate or leave school. Unfortunately, many schools have shown more concern for protecting their reputations than making comprehensive prevention programs, helping survivors, and punishing perpetrators. Working for SAFER plays a part protecting and helping women and young people for many years to come.
I also this month got the amazing opportunity to intern at the Third Wave Foundation in External Relations. Third Wave is such an amazing foundation which provides funding for innovative projects and organizations that help female and transgender youth and youth of colour. I am helping Third Wave continue its mission of empowering and building the youth of the world to work towards social justice. The Reproductive Justice Network brings together organizations to bring awareness to the barriers to secondary marginalized groups (young parents, sex works, youth of colour) to get the reproductive health care and comprehensive sex education that they need. As a member of the External Relations Department, I serve as a part of the foundation’s direct contact with the people they help and the other organizations that work with Third Wave with similar missions.
What is your vision of lasting change for yourself and for the world's young people?
My vision for the world’s young people would entail a world where people would work together to eliminate the vast inequalities that affect marginalized groups. An increasing number of people would acknowledge that many are unfairly not able to access the education, health care, and living conditions that they deserve. And in efforts to eliminate these inequalities, youth would be recognized as an integral part to implementing this change and lead the movement to create (and maintain) a just world.
If you could tell world leaders one thing, what would it be?
I would tell them that we need to concentrate on and actively work to improve the living conditions of those in underdevelopped nations. We need to empower them and give them the resources needed to make broad, lasting change and make sure that WOMEN and YOUTH play a large part in building their communities. For when we work to eliminate poverty, discrimination, and inequality in those countries, we do not only improve those areas, but also the world.