- Age: 25
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Our generation is very aware of how inclusive and equal we want our future to look like. We are also on the forefront fighting and ready to take action, to make the change. That's why it is important to give youth the right resourses to continue to write history and create an equal and safe future.
- Fay King
Fay is a 24-year-old girl who was born in Suriname. She has her bachelor’s in business administration from the FHR Institute for Social Studies: School of Business specializing in International Business & Management. She is currently also pursuing her masters in International Affairs & Diplomacy and currently employed at the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture( IICA) . She has recently been elected as the Caricom Youth Ambassador for Suriname but her journey in youth development started as a Gender & SRHR Advocate at the Youth Advisory Group of the UNFPA Suriname, which she has been a part of for the past 7 years. As a Women Deliver Young Leader she promote and stimulates her gender advocacy internationally . As PAHO Youth Leader in the PAHO Youth for Health Group; She works with several advocates from LAC Region to improve the health of young people, especially the mental and sexual health of young people. Lastly she also believes in the development of leadership skills which she was able to develop as US Embassy Alumni In her spare time, she likes to do more volunteer work, visit restaurants, travel, and spend time with her family and friends.
What ignited your pursuit for gender equality?
My pursuit of gender equality started at a very young age. As I got older, I experienced and became more aware of the unfair treatment of society towards women, but I also saw women thrive in positions that society claimed were not meant for them. Experiencing and seeing the oppression of women in this world motivated and inspired me more to fight for our rights because I knew our potential was being held back by the ideologies of this world and that needed to change.
Please share your biggest wins as an advocate for gender equality.
As a youth advocate I have successfully contributed to aspects discussing policy development in cases of gender development, I also assisted on working on the national strategy on adolescent health which also focuses on gender equality and challenges it implies for health. Regionally I assisted on the development of a Caribbean SRHR Observatory. Presented Challenges on regional level of Adolescent Mothers specifically in the Interior
Outside of your gender equality advocacy work, what do you enjoy doing?
In my spare time, I spend a lot of time with family and friends. I also travel when I can, outside of the country but I also especially taking trips in my country to the different interior and nature locations. I also enjoy visiting and trying various local restaurants and watching movies and TV.
- Dutch (Advanced/Native)
- English (Advanced/Native)
- Sranang (Intermediate)
- Spanish (Elementary)
- SURINAME: #CaribbeanYouthAgainstCOVID19 and #YouthAgainstCOVID19 - Fay King
- Het belang van de 16 dagen van activisme tegen Gendergeweld
- Het 10 Minuten Jeugd Journaal uitzending 1 December 2016
- Making that distinction between passion, greed and opportunity
- FAWAKA with You(th): Most people underestimate the impact COVID-19 has on Youth Mental Health
- Adolescent Health in the Caribbean Region
- Comprehensive Sexuality Education in Schools
- Youth Development
Past Awards, Certifications, or Fellowships:
- SRHR Capacity Building Training by the Youth Advisory Group of the UNFPA Suriname (2015 – Present)
- Communication Capacity Building Session by UNFPA SROC (December 2017)
- Human Rights Training by the United Nations (October 2017)
- Leadership Skill Training by the US Embassy (October 2016)
- Population Training Youth Ambassadors Program of the US Embassy (October 2016)