Anna-Kate is in her 4th year of a Double Bachelor's degree in Economics and International Security studies, minoring in Asia-Pacific Studies.
Where would you like to travel in Asia and the Pacific regions?
Japan, it has been on my bucket list for a long time and was hoping to go on exchange there! – I would love to immerse myself in the rich and vibrant cultural scene – and hit the slopes!
What issue in Asia and the Pacific regions are you most passionate about/intrigued by?
Gender-based issues: Particularly in the Pacific region. Women in Asia and the Pacific regions experience a high level of personal insecurity – often excluded from participating in power structures, denied equal access to economic resources and face greater barriers to receiving an education. Violence against women is also normalized in many cultures within the Asian and Pacific regions. In times of crisis, gender-based violence increases significantly and females face higher vulnerabilities to financial hardship – often forced to drop out of school, reduce the quantity or quality of the food they eat or forgo essential medicines.
What was last TV show you binge watched? Queens Gambit, nothing better than seeing a woman going out and doing what she wants no matter what society thinks – bonus she’s a redhead like me!