We were on a mission to ensure the rights and voices of young women were heard by our politicians - and this recognition proves our program is a game changer.
ANU Law and Development Studies student, Caitlin Figueiredo, has been recognised in the Forbes “30 Under 30 Asia” list for her work on parliamentary gender equality through the Girls Takeover Parliament program.
Working with fellow ANU alumnus, Ashleigh Streeter-Jones, the pair was named “youthful visionaries” by Forbes for challenging conventional wisdom and rewriting the rules for the next generation of female leaders.
The Girls Takeover Parliament program, run in conjunction with Plan International Australia, was the world's largest political takeover. Reaching over 10 million people, Ashleigh and Caitlin secured the involvement of every major political party in the ACT Legislative Assembly, and Federal Parliament.
“I feel truly grateful to have received an award of this calibre with Ashleigh. When establishing Girls Takeover Parliament, we were on a mission to ensure the rights and voices of young women were heard by our politicians - and this recognition proves our program is a game changer”, Caitlin said.
This is not the first time Caitlin’s trailblazing work for youth and gender equality has been publicly recognised in 2018.
In March she was honoured as the 2018 ACT Young Woman of the Year and was also one of two Australians to have received a Queen’s Young Leader Award. She will travel to the United Kingdom in June to accept this honour from Queen Elizabeth II.
On April 18, Caitlin met ANU Law Dean Professor Sally Wheeler and law scholars to celebrate Caitlin’s successes, and learn more about her achievements.
Earlier this year, Caitlin was chosen to represent Australia at the United Nations (UN) as one of the youngest UN Task Force members on Youth Development and Gender Equality.