Shania Hurtado Valbuena – Women Deliver
2020

Shania Hurtado Valbuena

  • Age: 19
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Girls are resilient, ambitious, and unapologetically strong. When they are uplifted and empowered, they transform their communities and the world. Making STEM accessible, providing girls with resources, and amplifying girls' voices is vital to achieving gender equality and a better world.

- Shania Hurtado Valbuena

Bio

Shania Hurtado Valbuena was born and raised in the United States. She is currently attending Klein Collins High School. Shania is a Girl Up Southeast Texas Co-Coalition Leader, Outreach Director and Co-Founder at Period Houston, Founder and Director of HoustonGirlsCode, and National Honor Society President.

What ignited your pursuit for gender equality?

At 14, I learned that 130 million girls were not going to school. Education empowers young girls to pursue their dreams, but they were not receiving an education. This catalyzed my passion to fight for a world where every girl is educated, empowered, and safe.

Please share your biggest wins as an advocate for gender equality.

I founded HoustonGirlsCode, a week-long, free summer camp, which taught 20 minority girls how to code, uplifting their potential to pursue a career in STEM. I also co-organized a Menstrual Products Drive, which collected over 5,000 products for local homeless shelters, and organized the first Houston Youth Climate Rally.

Outside of your gender equality advocacy work, what do you enjoy doing?

In my free time, I enjoy reading books by women of color, doing yoga, writing, eating Venezuelan food, and playing the cello. Additionally, I enjoy being a delegate in Model United Nations and coding.

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