Daniela Meneses Valle
- Age: 29
- | She/her/hers
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We all deserve to live, study, and work in an environment where respect, safety, and trust prevail, but this can't be achieved in a setting that does not embrace gender equality. We were born equal, and it's time to retrieve that equity.
- Daniela Meneses Valle
Daniela Meneses Valle was born and raised in Ecuador. She received a Doctor of Medicine from Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador in 2018. Daniela is a Reviewer for AIDS 2020 Global Village and Youth Programme activities for 23rd International AIDS Conference San Francisco & Oakland, volunteer Medical Doctor and Translator for Timmy Global Health in Medical Brigades in Ecuador, Regional Assistant for the Standing Committee on Human Rights and Peace for IFMSA, and National Director for Human Rights and Peace at AEMPPI-Ecuador.
What ignited your pursuit for gender equality?
My home country, Ecuador, has one of highest teenage pregnancy rates in the region, yet women don’t have access to safe abortion. From hospital directors to politicians and policymakers, most of the power positions are held by men, so women’s interests are not always represented.
Please share your biggest wins as an advocate for gender equality.
I co-organized the first Latin American Cooperation for Maternal Health and Access to Safe Abortion in Quito, Ecuador where I was also a facilitator. This convention aimed to raise awareness on the importance of safe abortion, as well as train medical students for becoming advocators.
Outside of your gender equality advocacy work, what do you enjoy doing?
Reading, jogging, going out for a hike, playing piano and singing, hanging out with friends, and cooking.
- English (Advanced/Native)
- Spanish (Advanced/Native)
- access to contraception and clinical guidance
- barriers to healthcare access
- safe abortion
Past Awards, Certifications, or Fellowships:
- Maternal Health and Access to Safe Abortion (Ipas) Human Rights Trainer (IFMSA)