Nominated by: Action Travail des femmes
Mélanie Sarroino has a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in International development Studies and Latin American and Caribbean Studies from McGill University as well as a Master’s degree in International Law and Politics from Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). She has worked with women’s groups in the Democratic Republic of Congo and as a human rights expert for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Madagascar where she worked with the Malagasy minister of justice. In Quebec, Mélanie has worked as a political analyst for Quebec Native Women and for the Table de concertation de Laval en condition féminine on work-family balance issues and the presence of women in decision-making bodies. In 2014, she began working with the Regroupement québécois des Centres d’aide et de lutte contre les agressions à caractère sexuel (RQCALACS) as a liaison and promotions officer, focusing primarily on political issues. Since March 2018, Mélanie has been the Program Coordinator for Empreinte – Agir ensemble contre les agressions à caractère sexuel, a sexual assault prevention program in Québec high schools.