- Age: 24
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Progressive youth leaders are unable to effect meaningful change when oppressive power dynamics and discriminatory laws that negatively affect girls and women and LGBT+ people are still in place. Our collective voices must be heard at all levels, in all sectors.
- Nafesha Richardson
Nafesha Richardson was born and raised in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. She received a Bachelor of Laws from The University of the West Indies in 2020. Nafesha is Founder of SPARK SVG, member of the Commonwealth Youth Gender and Equality Network (CYGEN), Youth Champion of the Escazú Agreement, and volunteer at the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Girl Guides Association.
What ignited your pursuit for gender equality?
I became inspired to advocate for gender equality when I was scrolling through the internet and came upon an article that stated that my little country of just over 100,000 people had one of the highest rates of rape and violence against women per capita in the world. I had a duty to speak up for those who are voiceless and at risk.
Please share your biggest wins as an advocate for gender equality.
In 2019, I founded SPARK SVG in 2019 which successfully hosted a youth summit in St. Vincent, bringing together forward-thinking youth to discuss various SDG-related issues including toxic masculinity and abortion rights. Additionally, I am a campaign lead for the #Reform53 campaign with CYGEN, which calls for Commonwealth governments to reform discriminatory laws.
Outside of your gender equality advocacy work, what do you enjoy doing?
I enjoy traveling to new cities, binge-watching the newest series on Netflix, and trying new dishes (preferably with curry).
- English (Advanced/Native)
- access to education
- gender equality in entrepreneurship
- law reform campaigns