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Eradicating Biases – A Story of Perseverance: Poonam Yadav

Growing Up Empower and Educate "Women! A woman in herself is power, she has the capability to do anything. ANYTHING!" Growing up in Bulandsheher (Uttar Pradesh), I had two elder brothers and I was the only daughter to my parents. Gender discrimination and bias came to me during the early influential years of my life. For example, I attended a Hindi medium school, while my elder brothers both went to English medium schools. They were offered freedom to go where …

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The Woman Behind eShe: Aekta Kapoor

The Vision and Journey Behind Founding eShe Social Impact and Future Goals Overcoming Challenges and Mentoring Others Breaking Barriers, Learning and Investing on Self Advice to the Youth Aekta, founder of eShe, a women empowerment blog and magazine, has always been intent on creating a space for women where they can be themselves without filters - visual or verbal. Her skills and experience as a journalist and reporter have allowed her to withhold the highest standards possible to create a …

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Changing Narratives – Disability and Identity: Eno Okpo

Understanding With Empathy Helping and Spreading Awareness Staying Strong on Purpose "You can be the bridge to someone's tomorrow. So, make today count." ⠀ I remember a little girl, Rebecca, living in a remote Nigerian village. She couldn't walk & had no access to a wheelchair. I resonated with her because I struggled growing up in the face of disabilities resulting from Polio. More so than these physical challenges, the way people look at you eats at your soul. Their …

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Women in Sports: A Struggle for Change | Cremson

Growing Up Finding Myself Women and Sports “You know yourself the best; keep working to polish your strengths, while recognizing your weaknesses. Don’t overthink." Growing up, I knew that chemistry and biology in general were my strength subject areas as I moved to the US to pursue my undergraduate degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences. Working in the lab was exciting, but it wasn’t enough. I genuinely wanted to expand the impact that I could have on the lives of not just …

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Pave Your Own Way: Alejandra

Surroundings and Ambitions Love for Exercise Advice to the Youth “Do what you love and you will never have to work a day in your life”. This is so simple yet so complex to understand and execute.⠀ I am blessed to always have been surrounded by women. Growing up in an only girls school was a beautiful journey that helped me gain insights into how loving, smart, creative, strong and determined women are. Yet still, personally I always was surrounded …

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Baking Her Way to the Top: Meet Kanishka, the Choco-Lover Entrepreneur From Delhi

Growing Up Overcoming Challenges Building Saksham Foundation “You are the only one responsible for your own happiness.” I grew up surrounded by people obsessed with societal norms resulting from their narrow perspective. I was confident, and preferred to be the ‘odd-one out’. I follow the passion that makes me happy rather than trying to churn out the perfection of someone else’s ideas. That, my friends, was the start to my ‘Entrepreneurial Journey’. My Baba was kidnapped & tortured for days …

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A Story of Relentless Courage | Ananya

Ananya's Journey Being Tribal Rights Activist “I have been consistent throughout my journey, and that is perhaps my greatest strength.” I believe that no one is born a criminal, and with love, we can change lives. Being the eldest child, I was well-aware of the responsibilities awaiting me. I took admission in Kolkata University to study Criminal Psychology. Today, I work towards transforming former North-Eastern militants into better humans. Even the incident wherein I was shot in the left leg …

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Identifying Slow Learners as Leaders: Prachi Narang

Fellowship Opportunity Gift of Positive Energy and Encouragement "Sometimes your best memories are about the lives you've touched."⠀ I believe that you must grab on to each and every opportunity that affords you an outlet to put some good out into the world. For me, this opportunity came in the form of a fellowship.⠀ ⠀ There was a kid in my class whose learning disability was never diagnosed. Regretfully, these students are often declared "stupid" or "slow". However, over my …

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Enabling Changes and Reviving Positivity: Veerini (Dolly Awasthi)

Veerini’s Journey as a Social Worker Inspiration to Be a Change-Maker Challenges Faced Balancing Relationships Veerini has been a pioneer of change to facilitate the lives of the disadvantaged. From volunteering at an NGO to becoming an ambassador of change herself, she has transformed the lives of many children and young women. During these uncertain times, she radiates positivity in the world through her Podcast. 1. Please tell us about yourself and your journey as a social worker? The name …

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