Hereiti File – Women Deliver
2020

Hereiti File

  • Age: 19
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Every choice made to decide the future of our world is currently being made by a generation who aren't going to be here to see themselves. We, the youth of today, need to have a voice so we can change our societies and create a world where everyone, regardless of who they are or where they come from, can have the best life possible. We must educate ourselves and create change, so that our children can live in a world like this.

- Hereiti File

Bio

Hereiti File was born and raised in the Cook Islands. She is currently attending Tereora College. Hereiti is a Youth Peer Educator at CIFWA Youth and Peer Support Leader at Tereora College.

What ignited your pursuit for gender equality?

I grew up surrounded by strong women within my family who worked hard and set the example for me. If you want to get where you want to be, you break down barriers to do so.

Please share your biggest wins as an advocate for gender equality.

I am 16, and as such, have not been able to exercise surmountable influence over my community.

Outside of your gender equality advocacy work, what do you enjoy doing?

In my spare time, I enjoy reading novels (both fiction and nonfiction), learning as much as I can about different cultures and languages, and dancing.

Languages Spoken:

  • English (Advanced/Native)
  • Cook Island Maori (Intermediate)

Speaks On:

  • preservation of indigenous culture
  • importance of equal representation in parliament
  • youth mental health

Past Awards, Certifications, or Fellowships:

  • Youth Peer Education by CIFWA

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