Virginia Maria Barchiesi – Women Deliver

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Virginia Maria Barchiesi

  • Age: 21
  •    |   She/her/hers


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We, young women, are not only the leaders of tomorrow but active members of today's society. We have to be granted our place at decision-makers' tables because our voices count.

- Virginia Maria Barchiesi


Virginia Maria Barchiesi was born and raised in Italy. She is a student of political sciences at SciencesPo Paris, specializing in Middle-Eastern and Mediterranean studies. Virginia is a UNICEF Youth Ambassador, a member of the Youth Sounding Board for International Partnerships, a National Gender Youth Activist for UN Women, a former member of the OHCHR Youth Advisory Board, and an award-winning youth activist.

What ignited your pursuit for gender equality?

My pursuit for gender equality started as soon as I realized gender inequality existed in our society. Our system is broken, and it's up to us to fix it.

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

I organized children's rights workshops for young refugee and migrant girls in my local elementary school. These courses aimed at empowering the young girls and making them aware of their rights.

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

In my spare time, I love reading, traveling (before COVID-19 broke out), playing tennis, and going out with my friends.

Languages Spoken:

  • English (Advanced/Native)
  • French (Advanced/Native)
  • Italian (Advanced/Native)
  • Arabic (Intermediate)
  • Russian (Elementary)

Speaks On:

  • meaningful youth engagement
  • peace and security
  • migrant and refugee rights

Past Awards, Certifications, or Fellowships:

  • WYA Certified Programme Training Course by Alfiere della Repubblica (2020)
  • 100 Most Influential Women of 2020
  • Italy MFA Youth Prize