Harpreet Kaur Dhillon
- Age: 22
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We, as young people and future leaders, must work together to leave behind a world that is more sustainable, safer, and more just for those to come. There is no better time than now for us to stand together and fight for what we believe in. We are the past, present, and future.
- Harpreet Kaur Dhillon
Harpreet Kaur Dhillon was born and raised in Australia. She is working towards a Bachelor of International Relations and Gender Studies at Macquarie University. Harpreet is the Treasurer of the Board of Directors, Capacity Strengthening Co-Chair, and Australia’s Representative at Youth Coalition for Sexual and Reproductive Rights, Australian Student Environment Network Community Organizer, Wellbeing Health and Youth NSW Commissioner, Multicultural Youth Affairs Network Youth Ambassador, GetUp Climate Justice Group Coordinator, and Sikh Youth Australia volunteer.
What ignited your pursuit for gender equality?
Witnessing and experiencing social injustices ignited me to fight and stand up for my people and for the younger me who didn't have anyone but herself fighting for her. I am determined to break cycles and social taboos, ending the shame, silence, and stigma on mental health, SRHR, homelessness, and gender-based violence.
Please share your biggest wins as an advocate for gender equality.
I was a part of the campaign to decriminalize abortion in New South Wales. I led the NSW Suitcase March, symbolizing the 29 people who traveled interstate each week for reproductive health care, protested at rallies outside of Parliament House, lobbied in the chamber of the Parliament House duration of the bill in session, and phone banked members of Parliament. The campaign led to be successful and abortion was decriminalized in New South Wales.
Outside of your gender equality advocacy work, what do you enjoy doing?
I enjoy writing, filmmaking, drawing, painting, dancing, spending time with my loved ones and by myself.
- English (Advanced/Native)
- Punjabi (Intermediate)
- German (Elementary)
- Spanish (Elementary)
- breaking taboos on mental health
- decriminalization and destigmatization of abortion
- youth participation and leadership
Past Awards, Certifications, or Fellowships:
- Management Masterclass Certificate by Australian Progress
- Adjudication Certificate by The New South Wales Department of Education
- Certificate IV in Youth Work by TAFE
- Refugee Youth Peer Mentoring Training by Multicultural Youth Affairs Network
- Psychological First Aid Training by Red Cross
- Multicultural Youth Affairs Network Youth Ambassador
- GetUp Climate Change Fellowship
- Wellbeing Health and Youth NSW Commissioner
- YVote Emerging Civic Leader
- Foundations of Young Australians Young Social Pioneer