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Thays Parfait

2021 Fellow

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Thays Parfait is a 21-year-old Afro-feminist young woman from Panama City enthusiastic about the promotion and empowerment of educational spaces for Afro-Panamanian youth, with the aim of creating belonging and self-recognition as Afro-descendants. / She is an active member of the Afro-Panamanian Youth Network as its representative before the National Youth Council. She is currently studying at the University of Panama. Within the Afro-Panamanian Youth Network, she serves as leader of the Committees of Memory and Historical Identity, Gender and Diversity, a guide that is focused on the reconnection and recovery of Afro-Panamanian history and the facilitation of tools for the support and protection of Afro-American communities. It is also part of feminist collectives such as Tremendas Panamá. / Thays is certified by the Afro-Latin American Research Institute from Harvard University, is a former study fellow from the Institute of Student Leaders of the United States (SUSI) and of the Agents of Change program of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftunghttps foundation in Panama. / Currently in conjunction with a group of Afro-Panamanian activists and professionals, she leads the pilot plan of her Daughters of Alkebulan project: Promoting opportunities for the integral development of young Afro-descendants. / A project aimed at interaction, learning and community building, from and for Afro-descendant women. / With the aim of promoting the integral development of Afro-descendant women in the specific skills they will need to function successfully in the personal, economic, social, cultural, political and spiritual spheres.

Thays was selected as a participant in the 2021 Voces Que Inspiran.