I am a Political Science and Governance as well as an Industrial Sociology graduate from the University of Cape Town. I am passionate about youth-centered and led activism, and for the past four years I have dedicated my time to the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) as a youth policy committee member, focusing largely on gender-related issues, to ensure that young people’s voices are amplified in spaces that often silence or ignore them. The YPC has become a way for participants of youth@SAIIA programmes to take negotiation and research skills to the next level to increase the voices of children and youth in policy and decision-making spaces.
Together with other members of the YPC, I now advocate for youth participation in policy spaces and contribute to numerous policy processes at a local, provincial, national, and global level. I have been part of the national drafting committee that has provided national youth statements and inputs for the National Strategic Plan on Gender-Based Violence & Femicide, the National Youth Policy, the Prevention and Combating of Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Bill, and multiple youth submissions on issues of gender.