- Age: 28
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Putting women in prominent positions is a major step towards the normalization of female leadership. Recognizing, valuing, investing in, and developing women's careers and projects contributes to changing the biases we have when we think of the male figure as the main leader.
- Jessica Pereira
Jessica was born and raised in the Amazon region of Brazil. Law graduate, lawyer; alumni of the public management programme Vetor Brasil and today an analyst for the implementation of innovative solutions at Impact Hub São Paulo, supporting the execution of the innovation programme in government of the IdeiaGov programme, innovation hub of the São Paulo State Government. She is co-founder and relationship director of Actum, an organization focused on the development and protagonism of young people in the Amazon region and fighting regional inequalities. She works continuously on issues of human rights and equity, social and economic development through the third sector, having served as vice president of the human rights commission of the OAB/AC, and exercised volunteering experiences with the Estudar Foundation, UN, AIESEC, Youth Opportunities. She is a mentor of the Inspire for Greatness program in SRHR issues, project management and advocacy campaigns, as well as a Social Leader by Gerando Falcões and awarded as Young Leader 2021 by the Anga Institute, in partnership with HSM Management Magazine.
What ignited your pursuit for gender equality?
It was soon after I started my professional career that I could feel and observe the numerous cases of gender discrimination, situations of wage inequality, depreciation of women’s opinions, and harassment in the work environment. Daily situations have awakened me to a structural problem that we have experienced since childhood.
Please share your biggest wins as an advocate for gender equality.
Recently, as a student foundation volunteer, I was able to hold a cultural competition to grant an exemption for the foundation's leadership course. In the proposal, students from public schools wrote an essay with their big dreams and why they should be selected. With countless young girls with great potential, I got in touch with companies and sought sponsorship so that I could grant more exemption scholarships. Because of this, it was possible to sign partnerships that ensured that eight low-income girls could attend the leadership course, in which they showed great resourcefulness, a thirst for learning, and, above all, rekindled their sense of self-esteem and purpose.
Outside of your gender equality advocacy work, what do you enjoy doing?
In my free time, I like to go out with friends, go to the movies, read books, and listen to music, as well as take trips, see new places, and do outdoor activities.
- English (Advanced/Native)
- Portuguese (Advanced/Native)
- French (Intermediate)
- German (Intermediate)
- Spanish (Intermediate)
- Mandarin (Elementary)
- Russian (Elementary)
- financial autonomy and independence
- self-knowledge and networking
- youth participation and leadership
- the pay gap between the sexes
- women's participation in politics
- organisational culture and programme management
Past Awards, Certifications, or Fellowships:
- Finalist for the Trainee Program in Public Management at Vetor Brasil - 2020
- Executive Program in Innovative Project Management at the University of Akron
- Amnesty International Human Rights
- LAIOB Scholarship for the Innovative Project Management course at the University of Akron
- IBS Americas Scholarship for Advanced Topics in Project Management courses at Pearson College London
- Youth Opportunities 2021 Global Ambassador
- Social Leader by Gerando Falcões
- Young Leader 2021 by Instituto Anga