Linh Ramirez is 21 and grew up in Berne. After completing compulsory education, she undertook a commercial banking apprenticeship at the “Berner Kantonalbank” (Berne Cantonal Bank). After the apprenticeship, she also completed the Swiss Federal vocational diploma and Passerelle exam. Since autumn 2016, Linh has been studying history (with a personal focus on Latin America and the Middle East) and political economics at the University of Berne.
For Linh it is very important for adolescents and young adults to be able to help shape and have a say in political events in Switzerland. During the past four years she has gained a deeper understanding of Swiss politics. It all began when she took part in the “Jugendsession” (young people’s swiss political forum) and the European Youth Parliament. Participating in these events paved her way into party politics. Through her involvement, she has given many speeches to help young people understand how they can shape politics and, at the same time, has herself gathered a great deal of experience in Swiss politics. She also helped found the Berne chapter of the “Operation Libero” association, in which she played an active role as a member of the board and worked on various campaigns (e.g. “Ehe für alle” – marriage for all).
This year, Linh, in her role as a youth rep, wants to help adolescents and young adults understand the UN’s international politics. She has made it her goal to promote political interest amongst young adults, to encourage them to express themselves and to support their undertakings, as well as to serve as a voice for their interests. She believes that young people should be increasingly included into politics in the future, as they are the citizens and politicians of tomorrow. She is also looking forward to participating in the 61st session of the Commission on the Status of Women at the UN in New York in March.