We congratulate Caitlin Figueiredo (ACT Young Woman of the Year) and Ashleigh Streeter-Jones (ACT Woman of the Year) on being named Forbes 30 Under 30 for their work on parliamentary gender equality.
Caitlin and Ashleigh co-founded Girls Take Over Parliament, a movement to help Australian young women and girls have a political voice, develop motions to defend the rights of 4.3 million young people and promote female leadership. The program supported by Plan International Australia reached 10 million Australians and made history by working with every major political party. It also advised on policy reform, secured over 32 local and federal commitments and assisted the Australian Labor Party to put gender at the centre of their strategy. The movement was labelled invaluable by politicians and received a grant from the ACT government whilst gaining support from TedX & YWCA Canberra. They were named “youthful visionaries” by Forbes for challenging conventional wisdom and rewriting the rules for the next generation of female leaders.
We would like to thank Caitlin for being such a strong and inspirational role-model for our students and wish her continued success in her future. Some of Caitlin's achievements and contributions to our global community include founding World Vision VGen ACT, training thousands of youth in ethical consumerism and foreign aid. As the Alannah and Madeline Foundation Ambassador, she has helped transform the lives of girls in the ACT by supporting the foundation to end violence and bullying. As Director of Lake Nite learning, Caitlin helps women develop skills, find employment, build a community and follow their passion. She is a Board Director of the Australia Youth Council and in June 2017, launched the National Council of Women Australia at Parliament House with the Prime Minister.
We look forward to welcoming Caitlin to the College on Friday 6 April where she will address our Student Representative Council about the importance of giving and compromise when you are a leader and the importance of the ability to see the ‘big picture’