- Age: 17
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The importance of youths holding positions of power in advocacy efforts is often underappreciated or simply ignored. Young people will be disproportionately affected by long-term decisions being made today. We need a seat at the table.
- Olivia Wainwright
Olivia Wainwright was born and raised in the United Kingdom. They are currently attending King Edward VI Camp Hill School For Girls. Olivia is a Co-organizer of the Birmingham Youth Strike for Climate.
What ignited your pursuit for gender equality?
As a teenage girl, I was horrified by how casually my peers (all around 13-15 in age) described their experiences of being cat-called and sexually harassed, and how every girl seemed to have their own story of it.
Please share your biggest wins as an advocate for gender equality.
My main role in the Birmingham Youth Climate Group is organizing meetings with politicians and decision-makers. As the majority of the people we were meeting were old, white men, it felt like a massive success to get them to listen to a group of young people mainly made up of teenage girls.
Outside of your gender equality advocacy work, what do you enjoy doing?
In my spare time, I enjoy playing the piano and the flute. I'm also passionate about learning languages. But my favorite thing to do is probably meeting up with my friends.
- English (Advanced/Native)
- French (Intermediate)
- effect of the climate crisis on youth and women
- youth participation