Jacqueline (Jacqui) Siu
- Age: 26
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People are people. When given hope, they're limitless. I don't care what gender, race, sexual orientation, or whatever intersectionality you fall under. Social constructs are social constructs. Never let any so-called "ceilings" define your limit. Grab your people, and break them.
- Jacqueline (Jacqui) Siu
Jacqueline (Jacqui) Siu was born in Canada and raised in Hong Kong, China. She is currently working toward a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science at the University of Toronto.
What ignited your pursuit for gender equality?
I grew up in patriarchal settings in local Hong Kong and my rebellious, assertive self often got me into trouble. Transferring into an international high school gave those qualities not only space but encouragement. I discovered similar oppressions in different cultural contexts in university and decided it was enough.
Please share your biggest wins as an advocate for gender equality.
I helped spearhead one of the first research reports regarding child marriage within South Asian communities in Hong Kong. These communities are systemically marginalized, and I consider this a win due to the rarity in light shed on the topic. With the think tank's director being Hong Kong Chief Executive's personal advisor on ethnic minority issues, I am hopeful this report will bring about the necessary support and change.
Outside of your gender equality advocacy work, what do you enjoy doing?
I am about to be the artsiest Asian kid you can find. I sketch, direct theatre, sing, play the violin, and dance. I also try to read a lot. Coding is the next aim.
- English (Advanced/Native)
- Mandarin Chinese (Advanced/Native)
- complex trauma
- using theater for international development
Past Awards, Certifications, or Fellowships:
- Mālama I Nā Ahupua'a (MINA) service-learning certificate from University of Hawaii Manoa
- Most Memorable Performance Award
- University of Toronto Drama Coalition