- Age: 25
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We cannot live for today but live to ensure that there is a brighter tomorrow. Let's work together towards sustainability through youth action.
- Kristie Duff
Kristie Duff was born and raised in the Cooperative Republic of Guyana. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Earth and Environmental Studies from the University of Guyana and works as a Protected Areas Officer at the Protected Areas Commission. Kristie spends her leisure time actively working with organizations that champion environmental, sexual and reproductive health rights and general humanitarian efforts. During her tenure at the University of Guyana she served as the president of the Eco Trust Society and volunteered with the University’s Robotics Club. Kristie is the current president of the Leo Club of Ruimveldt and volunteers with the Guyana Responsible Parenthood Association’s Youth Advocacy Movement and the American Embassy Youth Action Network. Through her diverse volunteerism, Kristie has coordinated projects that cater to the needs of vulnerable groups in her country (Women, Girls and Persons with Disabilities). In 2021 Kristie was awarded the Volunteer Recognition Award for her outstanding service at the University of Guyana.
What ignited your pursuit for gender equality?
Being sheltered as a child, I've always dreamt of a world where I would be allowed the same privileges as my brothers. As I grew older it became clear to me that inequalities existed far beyond my household, but luckily, I was fortunate enough to be part of a generation that increasingly challenged those inequalities, and I knew it was on me to do my part. Getting involved enabled me to think independently on issues that directly affected me all while inspiring the next set of change makers, which ignited my pursuit.
Please share your biggest wins as an advocate for gender equality.
One of my biggest wins would be developing the first STEM Robotics program for students living with disabilities in Guyana. This project (first of its kind in Guyana) enabled students of all ages to have access to STEM education. This project was also a step forward towards accomplishing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals #4 (SDG4); to ensure inclusive, equitable and quality education, and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.
Outside of your gender equality advocacy work, what do you enjoy doing?
Some hobbies I enjoy are singing, meeting new people, interacting with my family and friends, and traveling within and outside of Guyana.
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