Carlos Ernesto Cuinica
Carlos Ernesto Cuinica is a young activist from Mozambique with over ten years of experience in the youth development sector, specially focusing on sexual and reproductive health and rights and gender equality. Currently, Carlos is the Provincial Delegate of Coalizao in Nampula. Here, he focuses on designing and implementing activities for girls' empowerment, supporting vulnerable girls aged 10 to 19 years old that are at high risk for child marriage and teenage pregnancy, and for meaningful youth participation. Carlos is a Mozambican National Coordinator of Young African Leaders Forum (YALF), Vice-President of Youth at Christian Council in Nampula, a One Young World ambassador, a member of African Youth Panel, and he was part of the South African Development Community (SADC) Youth Task Force that worked to establish the SADC Youth Body.Carlos is now concluding his degree in Economic and Management from Catholic University of Mozambique in Nampula. Carlos is driven by his commitment to contribute to the sustainable development of his community. He believes that enabling youth participation and empowering girls can further economic and human advancement.Upon completing Mandela Washington Fellowship, Carlos plans to continue his work in gender equality, focused on girl's empowerment and develop activities to stop child marriage and teenage pregnancies. He also desires to continue creating and organization a to strengthen youth leadership skills and involve of young people in socio-economic development.