What Is The Hype About The YKA Summit?

By 2020, India will be the world’s youngest country and we at YKA, are proud to be at the forefront of the country’s burgeoning aspirations.

Over the years, the YKA community has grown to be a powerful, changemaking bunch that creates an impact each day. Besides writing and learning, the community also takes initiative and action. With this in mind, we launched  the Youth Ki Awaaz Summit in 2018 – the single largest forum for young Indians to discuss, deliberate and act on critical issues shaping our world.

Amongst 20+ speakers, we have this year Ashish Birulee, a photojournalist who’s taken the story of Jadugoda, a coal colony, to the rest of the world; Ridhima Pandey, an 11-year-old who filed a complaint against government inaction on the climate crisis; Saurabh Dwivedi, editor at The Lallantop; Gulesh Chauhan, India’s first woman Uber driver and more.

The Summit is the voice of a progressive generation, wanting to go out and change the world for the better. This year, on December 20-21, you can meet and hear from India’s leading changemakers, social entrepreneurs, political leaders, artists and performers. You can also attend a set of curated workshops to help you take the next big step in your change making journey.

The two-day event is free to attend and an inclusive space for you to break the glass ceiling. Listen to carefully curated conversations about changemaking, engage with decision makers, and take the conversation one level higher.

Excited? So are we! Register to attend by clicking here.

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A Gender Rights Activist working with the tribal and marginalized communities in india, Srilekha is a PhD scholar working on understanding body and sexuality among tribal girls, to fill the gaps in research around indigenous women and their stories. Srilekha has worked extensively at the grassroots level with community based organisations, through several advocacy initiatives around Gender, Mental Health, Menstrual Hygiene and Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR) for the indigenous in Jharkhand, over the last 6 years.

Srilekha has also contributed to sustainable livelihood projects and legal aid programs for survivors of sex trafficking. She has been conducting research based programs on maternal health, mental health, gender based violence, sex and sexuality. Her interest lies in conducting workshops for young people on life skills, feminism, gender and sexuality, trauma, resilience and interpersonal relationships.

A Guwahati-based college student pursuing her Masters in Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Bidisha started the #BleedwithDignity campaign on the technology platform Change.org, demanding that the Government of Assam install
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Bidisha was selected in Change.org’s flagship program ‘She Creates Change’ having run successful online advocacy
campaigns, which were widely recognised. Through the #BleedwithDignity campaign; she organised and celebrated World Menstrual Hygiene Day, 2019 in Guwahati, Assam by hosting a wall mural by collaborating with local organisations. The initiative was widely covered by national and local media, and the mural was later inaugurated by the event’s chief guest Commissioner of Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) Debeswar Malakar, IAS.

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