Tell us about yourself:
I am Alab Mirasol Ayroso, a climate justice activist from the Philippines. I work as the national coordinator of YACAP (Youth Advocates for Climate Action Philippines) — the Fridays for Future of the Philippines. I come from a family of activists and has been protesting for human rights and gender justice as young as 5 years old. I have been an organizer of climate strikes since 2019, however my motivation to advocate for human rights and climate justice is rooted to my father who was a land defender that is a victim of enforced state disappearance.
What did you do with the JWH grant?
The JWH grant gave me the opportunity to develop technical expertise for traditional art pieces that highlight stories and struggles at the grassroots; in particular, develop the capacity to create street and community art to highlight vulnerable communities.
What has the leadership development program brought you?
I learned skills on traditional art with sketching and painting as well as large scale production such as mural art painting. I was able to participate in community art projects and it gives me hope that collectively the world can be more beautiful and have meaning through art.
What is your dream?
I dream of a land that has justice, where there is peace knowing that those who must be held accountable is rightfully put to justice.