Craig Rijkaard, 16 Days Advisory Committee
Craig Rijkaard is the Research Officer in the Directorate of Gender Affairs – Ministry of Education, Sports, Youths & Gender Affairs (Antigua & Barbuda). He is a gender advocate employed to the national gender machinery but volunteering with several other similar regional and international machineries all in a bid to ensure social justice. Mr. Rijkaard is also a HIV advocate and in this regard he serves on the board of various nonprofit and charity organizations and government committees that focus on HIV and AIDS, gender and children. His community mindedness is manifested in his 10 year old involvement in the Optimist Club of which he has risen to the level of President. The region knows Rijkaard as one of those constant voices decrying any forms of stigma and discrimination in the society.