María Rodríguez Alcázar is Board Member at the European Youth Forum, the platform representing young people in Europe composed by more than 100 youth organisations. She is responsible for the Social and Economic Inclusion of young people, advocating towards public institutions for policies to allow young people access their rights and develop an independent life. Since the age of 14 she works for youth rights at different levels, being a student activist and Vice President of the Spanish Youth Council previously. She has been engaged in several Human Rights mechanisms focusing particularly on age discrimination and asking for young people to be meaningfully involved in policy-making. She is a PhD student at Ghent University and the United Nations University Institute for Comparative Studies on Regional Integration. She has also worked as Policy and Advocacy Officer in civil society organisations.