Perla Vázquez

Program Director

Perla coordinates regional strategies to promote human rights for youth, particularly to prevent and ultimately end child, early and forced marriage / unions.

She is a founder for Frida, The Young Feminist Fund, that provides funding to feminist youth groups around the world. She has collaborated with international organizations at a regional level such as Plan International /ROA and has also served as an advisor for various Women’s Funds. Currently she is a regional advisor for MamaCash, Global Fund for Women and  Semillas in Mexico.

Perla has a master’s degree in International Cooperation for Development from the José Luis Mora Institute in Mexico, and before that she graduated with a degree in Social Policy and Management from the Xochimilco Autonomous Metropolitan University. She has specializations in Youth Genocide in Latin America, from Colegio de la Frontera Norte; in Juvenile Sexualities, from the AECID Bolivia; and in Juventudes (youth) from the UAM-Iztapalapa.

Perla is a feminist activist, who for a long time has encouraged reflections on generational power, philanthropy and digital advancement with various feminist and youth movements. In her regional work, she has lived in Toronto, Canada; Cuenca, Ecuador; and Kingston, Jamaica. Her native language is Spanish, every day she tries harder to practice her English and she understands Portuguese, French and Patois, a Jamaican dialect.

“I am consistently inspired by the young people who not only resist precarious conditions every day but work to transform injustice and defend their right to happiness… ‘A revolution without dancing is not a revolution worth having’”.

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