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Deneka Thomas        

Program Manager of Girl Be Heard Trinidad & Tobago; Advocate for Equality & Human Rights

Deneka Thomas is a Women Deliver Young Leader (Class of 2018) who is an internationally recognized poet, writer, arts educator, and activist from Trinidad and Tobago. Deneka is also the Program Manager of Girl Be Heard Trinidad and Tobago. She is a committee member on the Caribbean Regional Youth Council and has been published in print and online publications, and is currently working on her first collection of poems.

Deneka is the 2018 National Grand Slam Defending Champion and a resident poet and Teaching Artist at The 2 Cents Movement. She also mentors youth through various secondary school poetry clubs across Trinidad and Tobago. Deneka’s passion for empowering young people through art and poetry led her to create and assist in the creation of curriculums, programs, and youth outreach with various organizations.

As an advocate, Deneka is proud to lead one of the most upcoming female-led and serving organizations in her country. She has been the face of many campaigns and initiatives that promote equality and human rights. Her work is a mixture of advocating for women, LGBT rights, environmentalism, and exploring culture and diaspora. She has married her passion for championing women’s issues and love for the earth’s ecology to create her personal brand of eco-feminism.

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