Maria Jose Cisneros Caceres
- Age: 29
- | She/her/hers
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As youth, we are the motor to a more equal and inclusive society where we can be free from social stigmas and prejudices. Our individual actions sum up, and the time to start is now. Together, we must educate and be educated to create a world in which we can be fearless and empower others to become their best versions.
- Maria Jose Cisneros Caceres
Maria Jose Cisneros Caceres was born and raised in Ecuador. She graduated as a Medical Doctor from Universidad Internacional del Ecuador in 2018. As a Medical Doctor at Hospital del Instituto Ecuatoriano de Seguridad Social – Quito Sur, Maria conducts medical-related work with vulnerable populations and chronic patients. As a Junior Researcher at Universidad Internacional del Ecuador, she serves as a researcher on different health and social related topics, working with vulnerable populations, indigenous persons, and migrants. Additionally, Maria is a Health and Migration Focal Point at the UN Major Group for Children and Youth Migration Working Group and member at the Red Interuniversitaria LGBTQ+.
What ignited your pursuit for gender equality?
I was born into a very supportive family in a very restrictive society, which from an early age inspired me to fight for what I believe. Every one of us deserves the chance to be their best version no matter where you come from or what your society wants to impose. We are bigger than social stigmas.
Please share your biggest wins as an advocate for gender equality.
Access to comprehensive health services and SHRH to women in a rural area from Ecuador, respecting their beliefs and educating all populations, especially young women and adolescents. It was a win since rural communities in Ecuador often have a patriarchal system and women in most cases don’t have access to information or the power to decide over their own bodies. The intervention provides them access to resources and education, and it has an impact in the community since many men were interested in the education as well.
Outside of your gender equality advocacy work, what do you enjoy doing?
Boxing traning, gardening, running, and reading classic literature.
- English (Advanced/Native)
- Spanish (Advanced/Native)
- Portuguese (Elementary)
- meaningful youth engagement
- UHC and SRHR for migrants and refugees
- comprehensive healthcare services for indigenous populations
Past Awards, Certifications, or Fellowships:
- Internship at the Pan American Health Organization Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Relief Department