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Kaitlyn is social justice advocate who is passionate about advancing gender-responsive climate action, Indigenous-Settler relations, and meaningful youth engagement in policy development and implementation. As an associate with Youth Climate Lab, Kaitlyn is currently co-directing the Youth Negotiator Exchange and Training (Y-NEXT) program, which supports on-the-ground efforts to equip young people to engage in United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change processes as part of country delegations. Kaitlyn also represents the Youth Climate Lab on the Beijing +25 Youth Task Force with UN Women, where she is working to place young people at the centre of the Beijing +25 review process, while tying in the gender/climate nexus in fostering momentum on youth engagement for gender equality and justice for all. In addition to her work with Youth Climate Lab, Kaitlyn is a Policy Analyst for the Department for Women and Gender Equality (WAGE) in Ottawa, Canada. In this role, she works as the Departmental liaison for WAGE’s Youth Working Group on Gender Equality, where she is co-developing a strategy to engage all Canadian youth in dialogue on gender equality. Additionally, Kaitlyn represents WAGE on the inter-departmental Deputy Ministers’ Youth Sub-Committee where she is advising on the development of a common whole-of-government approach to communicating and engaging with youth online. Prior to her current roles, Kaitlyn was living and working in Cape Town, South Africa where she obtained a Master’s in Justice and Transformation from the University of Cape Town (UCT) and worked as a teacher’s assistant in the African Gender Institute at UCT, as well as a program assistant for several human rights focused organizations.