Isabela Gómez Martínez
- Age: 26
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When we realize that the world around us is unfair and reject the difference, we as young people must act. Because we deserve and must demand a change towards an ideal world.
- Isabela Gómez Martínez
Isabela is a lawyer and an LLM candidate in international human rights law at the University of Sussex in the United Kingdom. She has experience working on UN international instruments, field work with rural communities and youth leadership. Isabela believes in education as a human right and has founded her own consulting firm where she seeks to close the educational access gap for Latin American youth.
What ignited your pursuit for gender equality?
Coming from a peasant family, a victim of the armed conflict, and living in a country with a conservative and patriarchal culture made me want to work for a better country and ensure that no one else is affected by injustice and social bias. Also, it has allowed me to recognize women as community leaders and the central axis of peacebuilding.
Please share your biggest wins as an advocate for gender equality.
Thanks to my experience, leadership, and recognition in my region, I was selected by the UN WOMEN office for Latin America and the Caribbean as a young consultant on the application of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, in the 25 years of its creation, to carry the voice of the young women of Latin America and expose our realities.
Outside of your gender equality advocacy work, what do you enjoy doing?
My biggest passion is swimming. I have practiced this sport at a competitive level for more than 15 years, and underwater is my happy place in the world.
- English (Advanced/Native)
- Spanish (Advanced/Native)
- Access to Education as a human right
- Peacebuilding and Youth
- Leadership and young people
Past Awards, Certifications, or Fellowships:
- Youth Leader at the XIV Regional Conference on Women in Latin America and the Caribbean for Beijing+25 (2020)
- USIP Generation Change Exchange with His Holiness the Dalai Lama (India 2022)
- Hansen Summer Institute | University of San Diego (US 2022)
- Chevening Scholarship - (United Kingdom 2022-2023)