Cheryl Perera

Founder & President, OneChild

Appointed to the Order of Ontario, distinguished as a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100, Cheryl Perera is an international children's rights advocate. She is the Founder and President of OneChild, the first organization in the world empowering a youth-led movement to combat the sexual exploitation of children (SEC) through prevention education, advocacy, survivor care, and survivor empowerment, benefiting over 79, 000 in 11 countries. Her life-long crusade that she started when she was a teenager, has included pioneering the Canadian private sector’s engagement in ending the sexual exploitation of children in travel and tourism; launching the first prevention education on child sex trafficking in Canadian schools, and she has become a sought-after speaker, sharing the stage with Heads of State, UN Secretary-Generals and Nobel Peace Prize Laureates. Her work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Al-Jazeera, CNN, Financial Times of London etc. Cheryl holds a MAS in Children Rights, University of Geneva and a B.A. (Hons) in Ethics, Society, and Law; Political Science and Women’s Studies, University of Toronto. She is also a graduate of Harvard University and the University of Oxford’s Executive Education programs in Transformational Leadership and Public Policy.

Cheryl is speaking at

May 6, 2021
8:15 am - 9:00 am



Three Objectives or Takeaway Ideas:

  1. How children and youth have been leaders in the movement in Canada and abroad
  2. How OneChild is empowering youth to be leaders in the movement today
  3. How to partner and engage children and youth in your work


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