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Caitlin Figueiredo understood at a very age that her role in life was to make a difference. Now pursuing a double degree in Law and Development from the Australian National University, she has ambitions to become Australia’s youngest Prime Minister — she has to beat 37 — then UN Secretary-General before she’s 70.
“I want to accelerate change and unite people together by leaving a legacy of service that lasts long after I’m gone,” states this 2018 Queens Young Leaders Award recipient who’s already made a greater impact than most of us make in a lifetime.
The daughter of immigrants from Kenya and India, Caitlin had to overcome such personal challenges as domestic violence, school bullying, and mental illness at a very young age. She is now on a mission to eradicate gender based violence and what she calls “leadership inequality.”
To date, her efforts have touched the lives of women and girls from her hometown in Canberra, Australia — where At 19, Caitlin founded World Vision’s youth movement, VGen — to Peshawar Pakistan, where she contributed to creating the School for Peace.
She spearheaded an initiative called Lake Nite Learning, a social enterprise that helps young people gain employment and leadership skills. And she organized the world’s largest Girls Takeover Program with the Australian Federal Parliament to increase female representation and leadership.
Her latest venture, Jasiri Australia, is an empowerment, self-defense, and leadership organization intent on creating a fearless generation of women and girls.
Caitlin was the youngest person ever chosen as one of 100 Women of Influence by Westpac and the Australian Financial Review. She had the honor of meeting then-First Lady, Michelle Obama, after being named Gender Equality Global Champion. Caitlin describes herself as a 'passionate change-maker.’ A model for girls and women worldwide, we look forward to watching her take on the world!