- Age: 21
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All over the world, young people are beginning to stand up for their rights, getting more and more involved in politics and decision-making processes. It is crucial that we do not leave anybody behind on this path of participation, regardless of gender, age, ability, and other such factors. Together, we should build a world that everybody can feel comfortable in.
- Rares Voicu
Rares Voicu was born and raised in Romania. He is currently attending Nicolae Iorga High School Braila. Rares is a UNICEF Romania Junior Ambassador to the European Union, Vice President of the Romanian National School Student’s Council, President of Braila County School Student’s Council, volunteer at the High-level Conference: Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development, and Local Activity Coordinator at American Councils for International Education.
What ignited your pursuit for gender equality?
I have started my fight as a school student representative three years ago, and along the way, I have come to the conclusion that one of the criterion that fosters educational exclusion is gender. That is when I started to realize that gender equality should be a bedrock for all aspects of our day-to-day lives.
Please share your biggest wins as an advocate for gender equality.
Given the fact that my main field of action as an activist is education, I have worked hard alongside relevant stakeholders such as members of the Romanian Government and UNICEF Romania, which facilitated the writing process for the Bucharest EU Children’s Declaration that states that all children have the right to participate, regardless of any factors, including gender. This declaration has influenced policies at the EU level.
Outside of your gender equality advocacy work, what do you enjoy doing?
I like reading, traveling, and doing research on various topics, such as politics and philosophy.
- English (Advanced/Native)
- Romanian (Advanced/Native)
- German (Intermediate)
- French (Elementary)
- youth participation and leadership
- access to education
- adolescent health
Past Awards, Certifications, or Fellowships:
- Workshop on the protection of children's rights in the EU - DG JUST (European Commission)
- Workshop on children and young people's participation in the EU - DG JUST (European Commission)
- Seminar on advocacy for the environment - OBESSU (Organising Bureau of European School Student Unions)
- Workshop on writing public educational policies (Romanian Institute for Education and Social Inclusion)