Young leader to drive change as member of Global Youth Committee

University of Adelaide student Emily Parsons has been selected to sit on a Global Youth Committee chaired by Julia Gillard, which aims to bridge the gap between the experiences of young people and the policies that dictate their lives.

Emily Parsons

This new Committee, established by the Global Institute for Women’s Leadership (GIWL) at The Australian National University, will bring together 17 young leaders to look at the most pressing gender-based issues facing their generation.

Ms Parsons is a third-year student at the University of Adelaide, undertaking a Bachelor of International Relations and a Bachelor of Arts in International Development.

"I am incredibly humbled to be working with such a diverse and passionate group of changemakers,” said Ms Parsons, about her new role on the Global Youth Committee.

“I am eager to connect with young people within my industry and help promote workplace equity among the newest generation of the Australian workforce."

"I am incredibly humbled to be working with such a diverse and passionate group of changemakers."University of Adelaide student Emily Parsons

With a strong interest in creating equitable workplaces for young people within retail and hospitality, Ms Parsons was selected to join the Committee from a pool of over 500 applications.

The young change-makers appointed to the Committee are from a diverse range of backgrounds across Australia and the Asia Pacific. Members have expertise across a range of issues, from First Nations justice to disability activism.

“This Committee embodies a new generation of compassionate leaders who are already doing incredible work to make real change in their communities,” said Ms Gillard.

“Young people are best placed to address the world’s greatest challenges, and with the diverse talent and experiences of this group, I am excited to see what they’ll be able to achieve working together towards a more inclusive and sustainable future.”

The Global Youth Committee aims to empower young leaders to advocate for the change they want to see, and shape the future direction of GIWL’s research, policy and engagement to work toward a more gender equal society.

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