- Age: 19
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In order to create tangible, concrete change for a sustainable future, taking action through advocacy, engagement, scientific research, and policy implementations are the necessary steps to slow down the ecological breakdown, enact environmental remediation, and have a truly gender-equal world.
- Charlotte Peng
Charlotte Peng was born and raised in Canada. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in Environmental Studies at Acadia University. As a Volunteer Youth Advocate for Plan International Canada’s Change the Birth Story Campaign, Charlotte actively engages with the Canadian public to spread awareness on MNCH and SRHR. In doing so, she speaks on topics regarding MNCH, SHOW, and the gender implications of COVID-19 to youth across Canada and facilitates seminars and lead discussions with stakeholders in global health research. As President of Horton High School’s Social Justice Club, Charlotte facilitates weekly workshops on prevalent social justice topics while engaging youth of all grades to expand students’ knowledge on international and sustainable development. Additionally, she documents minutes from weekly meetings and corresponds with the entire student body and several faculty.
Additionally, Charlotte is Secretary on Student’s Council and Music Executive, RCMP National Youth Advisory Committee member, National Girls Belong Here Ambassador for Plan International Canada, and Children’s Coding Cohort Coding Software mentor.
What ignited your pursuit for gender equality?
My mom has always instilled in me the importance of defying gender stereotypes. My parents immigrated from China where boys are regarded as very important, as they carry the family name. After wanting a boy, my parents had four girls. I want to show everyone that girls can do anything.
Please share your biggest wins as an advocate for gender equality.
As an advocate for MNCH, I have actively engaged and endorsed with over 600 Canadians across Canada to spread awareness on SRHR and MNCH rights. I facilitate discussions and organize annual youth-focused workshops on gender equality to engage and inspire youth to create tangible change for a sustainable, equitable future.
Outside of your gender equality advocacy work, what do you enjoy doing?
In everything I do, I am motivated by one common goal: creating change in and around my community for causes I care about. I love to embroider because I can channel my passion for advocacy through this creative outlet. When I embroider, it’s a personal, artistic outlet that allows me to be a productive ally in constant solidarity: because a picture is worth a thousand words. Additionally, I love to volunteer, read, be in nature, and try new recipes. I am a passionate advocate, an engaged learner, a driven individual, and an avid foodie.
- English (Advanced/Native)
- French (Intermediate)
- Mandarin (Elementary)