Congratulations to Nina Santos who has been recognised as part of YWCA Aotearoa’s Y25. The Y25 list and programme is a celebration of young wāhine toa across New Zealand. Nina joins a list of incredible women under the age 0f 25 who are raising their voices, challenging the status quo, and fighting for a fairer Aotearoa. They are doers, makers, shakers, change-makers and community leaders doing incredible things to wake up and change their world. Find out more about it here.
Nina is Chen Palmer’s Practice Manager and she also assists in managing the Superdiversity Institute. Ka pai Nina!
As published on The Spinoff on 30 June 2021
A first-generation immigrant from the Philippines, Santos is all about shattering glass ceilings. She has worked across multiple government agencies as one of Aotearoa’s younger public servants. Her experiences as a migrant fuels her passion for championing Filipino representation. She worked with the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet to deliver the Unite Against Covid-19 campaign, believing social media has real power to influence change.
Nina’s words of wisdom for young women:
I often find myself in spaces and tables where I’m the only young woman of colour, and/or migrant. Women of colour have a higher tendency of experiencing “imposter syndrome”, and this constant anxiety about not being good enough or not belonging can really hit hard. But back yourself! I’ve always lived by the quote “Feel the fear and do it anyway”.