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Canberra’s Caitlin Figueiredo is just one of two Australians to receive a Queen’s Young Leaders Award.
The Queen’s Young Leader Award recognises and celebrates exceptional people aged 18-29 from across the Commonwealth, who are taking the lead in their communities and using their skills to transform lives.
According to the Awards website:
“Caitlin is working to establish more opportunities for women and young people, and to help ensure that they grow up in a safe and positive environment.
At 19, she founded World Vision’s youth organisation VGen ACT and co-founded the Peshawar School for Peace, which encourages peace-building and provides education and gender-inclusive career opportunities for 300 women and girls.
Caitlin has spoken widely to Government and at the United Nations about bullying and ending violence on children, and organised the world’s largest Girls Takeover Program with the Australian Federal Parliament to increase female representation and leadership.
As a Plan International Youth Ambassador, she also assisted the Unilever Period Emoji campaign against period stigma which reached 160 million people.
In 2016, Caitlin became the CEO of Lake Nite Learning, a social enterprise specialising in upskilling young people to enter employment and become community leaders. Caitlin now wants to develop a free self-defence studio to empower women physically and psychologically through self-defence.”
Caitlin is thrilled by the honour, saying “I’m so thankful to The Royal Family for this honour. I can’t wait to use this new platform to increase opportunities for our country’s most vulnerable people through my gender equality & youth work.”
Winners of this prestigious Award will receive a unique package of training, mentoring and networking, including a one-week residential programme in the UK during which they will collect their Award from Her Majesty The Queen. With this support, Award winners are expected to continue and develop the work they are already doing in their communities.
When we named Caitlin as one of Canberra’s Future Generation in the Winter 2017 edition of HerCanberra’s Magazine, she said “whatever I do, I want to make sure I’m making a meaningful difference. I want to accelerate change and unite people together by leaving a legacy of service that lasts long after I’m gone.”
Looks like she’s one step closer to that.
Read more about Caitlin here.
Photography by Martin Ollman