Caitlin Figueiredo

Youth and gender equality advocate Caitlin Figueiredo is a passionate driver of social change.

Caitlin is committed to creating inclusive opportunities for young women and youth around the world. She is the winner of the 2016 Young Leader Category in the Australian Financial Review Westpac Australia's 100 Most Influential Women Awards - the youngest person in history to be included on this list.

Earlier in 2016, First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama, invited Caitlin to attend the State of Women summit on gender equality in Washington DC where she was a named Global Changemaker for Gender Equality and a global influencer to an online platform of 18.5 million women from 196 countries.

“Not everyone knows that I'm a survivor of childhood domestic violence. My experience with violence caused ongoing problems throughout my life.

“It is something which I am only starting to open up about now. But instead of letting my past destroy me, I used it to fuel my passion to serve others.

“I hope to use my story to inspire other Australian children going through violence, bullying and inequality to know it gets better and to spread the Foundation’s incredible work.” 

In addition to her studies in law and international development, Caitlin is currently serving as Australian Director to The Global Resolutions Project, Volunteer Coordinator for the Canberra IWD UN Women National Committee Australia; is a Task Force Member UN IANYD WG on Youth & Gender Equality; Co-coordinator of the Peshawar Arts for Peace, WM Gender Equality Facilitator to the United Nations - Merit360 Action Plan 001 and was the former State Director, Canberra, World Vision – VGen.

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