QUEEN’S YOUNG LEADERS AWARD RECIPIENT NAMED

The Queen's Young Leaders Award logo. Photo credit: www.opportunitiesforafricans.com

The Queen’s Young Leaders Award logo. Photo credit: www.opportunitiesforafricans.com

A young Solomon Islands woman has been named a recipient of the first ever Queen’s Young Leaders Award.

Christina Houaisuta is among 60 exceptional young people from across the Commonwealth who have been recognised by The Queen for taking the lead in transforming the lives of others and make a lasting difference in their communities.

Twenty-nine year old Christina Houaisuta works with women in the Solomon Islands to help tackle domestic violence.

She set up a community group that makes women aware of their rights and helps them to receive training and education.

The Queen will present the inaugural Queen’s Young Leaders Awards to Christina Houaisuta and the other recipients at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace on Monday 22nd June.

Before receiving their Award at Buckingham Palace the Queen’s Young Leaders Award will meet the UK Prime Minister, David Cameron at 10 Downing Street.

The winners will also visit the headquarters of global social networking company, Twitter and meet with senior executives at the BBC World Service.

Meanwhile, Christina Houaisuta says she is so happy to be one of the first recipients of the Queen’s Young Leaders Award saying it’s an honour.

This year’s Award winners are aged between 18 and 29 and are working to support others, raise awareness and inspire change on a variety of different issues including; education, climate change, gender equality, mental health and disability equality.

Following the ceremony on the 22nd June, Award winners will spend four days in the UK to take part in a residential development programme as part of the Award prize.

The programme includes workshops at Cambridge University, meetings with UK businesses leaders, and visits to life changing social action projects.

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