Maria Jose (she/her) is an eighteen-year-old activist born in southern Mexico. She has been working on human rights, climate justice and gender activism for several years. In her work, she focuses on the importance of intersectionality in social movements.

Her passion for advocating for a healthier environment and ocean is connected to her life story as a climate-displaced person. Therefore, one of her biggest dreams is to create opportunities for youth involvement in ocean conservation and protection.

She is currently serving as a Youth Advisor for the UN Foundation’s initiative “Girl Up” in Mexico, where she focuses on developing an environmental agenda with a gender perspective. Recently, she joined the Education Steering Committee of the World Food Forum, a youth-led global platform facilitated by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

Passionate about promoting a feminist perspective in the environmental movement, Maria Jose joined the EmpoderaClima platform as Advocacy Lead. In addition, she is a member of Amnesty International and YOUNGO (the official children and youth constituency of the UNFCCC). She also serves as a Young Champion for the UN Refugee Agency.

For her work, Maria Jose was named Young Leader 2023 by The World of Women Foundation. Most recently, she founded EducateHer, a regional education platform with a gender perspective dedicated to promoting girls’ and women’s leadership in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Based on her extensive experience in the fields of environment and human rights, she was elected to be part of the Mexican Delegation at the UN Climate Change Conference 2023 (COP28) as a Civil Society Representative.
At the moment, she is a first-year student of the Bachelor’s Program in Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic.