Lucy (Lu) Wilson
- Age: 29
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The only way we can build a more just and sustainable world is by working collectively and with solidarity. We need to make sure we don’t leave anyone behind and stand with people of color and disabled, queer, gender-non-binary and trans folk. Juntos somos mejores.
- Lucy (Lu) Wilson
Lucy (Lu) Wilson was born and raised in the United Kingdom. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Modern Language and Latin American Culture from the University of Cambridge in 2017. As a Gender and Inclusion Lead and Programme Development and Funding Officer at Teach A Man To Fish, Lu is responsible for leading on the development of its first gender and inclusion strategy, developing and leading a participatory youth program for young people in the United Kingdom, and researching and submitting successful funding applications and reports. As Project Leader at ReachOut, Lu is responsible for designing and facilitating two-hour weekly workshops between a group of 12 young people and 12 mentors. She also takes part in a leadership program, which involves intensive training in safeguarding, child protection, public speaking, and working with young people with special educational needs. Additionally, Lu is a Mutual Aid Group Organizing member, Latin American Youth Club Leader, Students Supporting Street Kids board member, and Working Hands Voluntary Fundraiser.
What ignited your pursuit for gender equality?
Being a queer young woman, I have always had a strong sense of what is and isn't fair because I know how it feels to be different. It is painful growing up in a world in which the top one percent exploit the 99 percent to get even more ahead. It hurts that people are afforded less opportunities because of their gender, sexuality, class, race, ethnicity, or disability. I want to transform this pain into power and use it to find ways of challenging and changing injustice.
Please share your biggest wins as an advocate for gender equality.
My greatest achievement has been advocating for gender equality in my current organization. Our charity has a quota that 50 percent of participants have to be girls or young women, meaning we reach 35,000 girls every year with our practical youth-led entrepreneurship program. However, after my advocacy efforts, I have been made officially responsible for gender and inclusion and am leading a working group to design the organization’s first ever gender and inclusion strategy, which will be based on consultations with girls and boys globally and impact our work worldwide.
Outside of your gender equality advocacy work, what do you enjoy doing?
I have danced salsa for over give years and absolutely loved dancing with the Cuban National Theatre when I studied at Havana University. I also enjoy cooking, photography, and making short films, documentaries, and participatory videos.
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