- Age: 24
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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 King was born and raised in Suriname. She is currently working toward a Bachelor of Business Administration in International Management at FHR School of Business. Fay is Co-chair of the Youth Advisory Group of the UNFPA Suriname, a US Youth Ambassador Alumni, and member of the Youth Alliance for Safe and Healthy Homes.
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.
For the last four years, I have organized the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence campaign within my community. I have seen the excitement within my community when it came to the various memorable projects I did such as the human rights scavenger hunt and the 16 days poetry night. The people keep asking for another project like this, and they are now more aware of gender-based violence that occurs within our community.
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, especially taking trips in my country to the interior. I also enjoy visiting and trying various local restaurants and watching movies and TV.
- Dutch (Advanced/Native)
- English (Advanced/Native)
- Sranang (Intermediate)
- Spanish (Elementary)
- Afro-descendant girls and women in the feminist movement
- CSE in schools
- gender equality in a patriarchal society
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)