Inspiring Indigenous Women and Girls



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In recognition of Indigenous People’s Day and the International Day of the Girl Child, UNA-USA seeks to share inspiring stories of indigenous women and girls doing incredible work in their communities.
Glorybelle ‘Glory’ Barrios
2021-2022 Girl Up Teen Advisor
Glorybelle Barrios (she/her/hers) is a current high school student residing in Miami, Florida. A native Nicaraguan, she is a fervent advocate of all things intersectional: immigrant rights, racial justice, and climate change. She transcends borders through the power of storytelling and mass organizing- with her favorite mediums of poetry, photography, and multimedia pieces. Glorybelle has coded several platforms- the most notable being an award-winning website called Miami Grants, which provides resources and information to undocumented peoples in the greater Miami area. She strives to be an electrical engineer, while synchronously being the founder of a sustainable fashion business that centers women of color.
Mirian Masaquiza
Social Affairs Officer, Indigenous Peoples and Development Branch-Secretariat of Indigenous Forum, United Nations
Mirian Masaquiza Jerez is a Social Affairs Officer at the UN DESA Indigenous Peoples and Development Branch. Being a Kichwa from Ecuador, she has had the opportunity to work in three fronts: as an indigenous activist; as a staff member of the United Nations; and as a diplomat/advisor at the Government of Ecuador. Her work focuses around the areas of the rights of indigenous peoples, gender, cultural and educational matters, climate change, inter-agency affairs and the engagement with NGOs and CSOs.
Amelia Marcum
2020-2021 Girl Up Teen Advisor
Amelia Marcum is an intersectional feminist activist committed to social justice. As founding President of her school’s Girl Up club, a UN initiative encouraging girls to advocate for equality, she has hosted dozens of awareness and advocacy campaigns. Amelia serves as one of twenty-five girls worldwide on Girl Up’s Teen Advisory Board and is a global spokesperson on critical issues affecting underrepresented girls. In 2020, she was honored to represent Indian Country in speaking at the inaugural Youth UN General Assembly on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. Amelia’s dream is to shape groundbreaking public policy and positively impact Native youth as an ambassador for Sovereign Nations.
Xavi Wagner
8-year-old Old Style Jingle Dancer
Tribes: Blackfeet, Blood, Ute Mountain Ute, and Navajo


Sikimiohkitopi Wagner
6-year-old Old Style Chicken Dancer
Tribes: Blackfeet, Blood, Ute Mountain Ute, and Navajo


Cynthia Yue
2021-2022 UNA-USA Youth Observer to the UN
Cynthia is a student studying International Affairs at the George Washington University and the 10th UNA-USA Youth Observer to the United Nations. Cynthia brings nearly seven years of experience as a leader at UNICEF USA, where she has spearheaded national initiatives promoting civic engagement, leadership development, and diversity to over 30,000 supporters. In 2019, she also attended the United Nations General Assembly to interview global leaders on the 30th Anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, culminating in the reinforcement of the European Union’s commitment to child welfare and the promotion of #TheRealChallenge youth advocacy campaign, which amassed over 450 million engagements across more than 50 countries. Previously, she has also served as a Fellow for sustainability and youth deliberation initiatives with the Embassy of France in the United States and the Ministry of Tourism of the Republic of Indonesia; in addition, she has interned in the U.S. Senate, U.S. Department of Transportation, and U.S. Small Business Administration. This year, Cynthia hopes to continue bridging the gap between youth and the UN by elevating young people’s voices, building community within the UNA-USA youth and student network, and supporting youth leaders across the United States.