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Catherine Constantinides

Catherine Constantinides is a former Miss Earth South Africa and a human rights activist who recently focused her work on the plight of the people of Western Sahara.

She is engaged on the ground in the refugee camps in the area, fighting to highlight the plight of the people and the lack of political will to address the longest outstanding issue on the UN Security Council’s agenda. She is an outspoken critic of the actions of the Moroccan government in Western Sahara, describing the territory as the “last remaining colony in Africa”.

Catherine, 34, has also founded Generation Earth, a youth-led environmental organisation, and serves as director of Miss Earth South Africa, driving environmental awareness through the organisation.

She was chosen as the youngest in a group of emerging Africans and named as an Archbishop Tutu Leadership Fellow in 2013, and in May 2016 she was chosen as one of the Mandela Washington Fellows, as part of the Young African Leaders Initiative.

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Nominated in category: Compassion

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