Jessica Pereira – Women Deliver
2020

Jessica Pereira

  • Age: 30
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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

Bio

Amazonian, expert in innovation project management and post graduate in business management with emphasis on project management from FGV, with training in advocacy tools, social impact assessment and agile methodologies, degree in law and nine years of experience in the legal sector and five years of experience in public management, being part of the alumni network of Vetor Brazil Network.

 

Coordinator of Impact Business Acceleration at Impact Hub Brazil, supporting the execution of the IdeiaGov program, an open innovation hub of the São Paulo State Government, I am also cofounder and relationship director of Actum, an organization that develops the protagonism of young people in the Amazon region and acts to combat regional inequalities and creator of Movimenta, an advocacy initiative for socioeconomic rights of girls and women.

 

I work continuously on issues of human rights and equity, intersectionality, social mobility, social and economic development through the third sector, having served as vice president of the human rights commission of the OAB/AC, and volunteered with the Estudar Foundation, UN, AIESEC, TETO, Youth Opportunities and others.

I am a mentor for the Inspire for Greatness program in Leadership, project management, SRHR and advocacy campaigns; Young Leader by the international organization Women Deliver, which through its fellowship selected 300 young activists in gender causes from around the world to support and develop. Valuable Young Leader 2021 by Instituto Anga in partnership with HSM Management Magazine; and Social Leader by Gerando Falcões.

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.

Languages Spoken:

  • English (Advanced/Native)
  • Portuguese (Advanced/Native)
  • French (Intermediate)
  • German (Intermediate)
  • Spanish (Intermediate)
  • Mandarin (Elementary)
  • Russian (Elementary)

Speaks On:

  • 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
  • Valuable Young Leader 2021 Instituto Anga

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