Celebrating India's most powerful voices on social issues.

Every day, writers on Youth Ki Awaaz publish inspiring stories that grapple with tough questions and engage with some of the most pressing issues of our times. If you have written an article on the platform, submit them under any of the categories below for the Youth Ki Awaaz Awards.

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Best Article

If you have that one powerful article under any of the above categories on YKA.


Cause Champion

If you've consistently spoken up about an issue throughout the year on YKA.


The best of 2019

Users Of The Year

Cause Champions

Child Rights

Tanmoy Bhaduri

Disability Rights

Abha Khetarpal



Mental Health

It's OK To Talk

Mental Health

Bimal Raturi

Pop Culture

Karthika S Nair

Best Article

Child Rights

Anchal Shukla

Child Rights

Sat Ya

Disability Rights

Ashtam Neelkanth

Disability Rights

Srishti Pandey


Urmila Chanam


Seema Super



Human Rights

Soma Basu

Human Rights

Nandini Priya

LGBTQ Rights

Anupama Dalmia

LGBTQ Rights

Suman Mitra

Mental Health

Asqa Shaikh

Mental Health

Saumya Jyotsna



Pop Culture

Syed S Tauheed

Pop Culture

Arpita Nayak


Your stories will be judged by the best in the field.

Nishtha Satyam

Deputy Country Representative, India, Bhutan, Maldives and Sri Lanka - UN Women

George Abraham

Founder, SCORE Foundation, Ashoka Fellow

Dr. Shelja Sen

Co-Founder, Children First

Pragya Vats

Head of Campaigns, Save The Children India

Kamla Bhasin

Feminist Activist, Author, Social Scientist

Akhil Katyal

Poet, Queer Activist

Shruti Nagvanshi

Co-Founder - People's Vigliance Committee on Human Rights

Nipun Malhotra

Founder - Nipman Foundation


Yes, you can. To be considered for the Awards, begin publishing on YKA. You can start now - here. Articles must be published before November 10 to be considered for this year's awards.

The Best Article Award will be given to the single best article under the given categories, whereas Cause Champion looks at multiple articles under a single category, to judge how well you've been advocating the issue.

Yes, you can. However, you would have to submit different entries for each category. There is no limit to the number of awards you'd like to apply for.

This is the inception of Youth Ki Awaaz Awards. Hereon, it will be hosted annually.

The Award winners will be announced in the first week of December and the Award ceremony will take place during the YKA Summit on December 20-21 in Delhi.

No, in the spirit of keeping the Awards accessible to every user on YKA, we're receiving submissions free of charge.

Yes, we're extremely happy to host Award winners at the Youth Ki Awaaz Summit! For winners living outside Delhi, while we won't be able to pay for travel and accommodation, we'd be happy to suggest budget-friendly options.

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A former Assistant Secretary with the Ministry of Women and Child Development in West Bengal for three months, Lakshmi Bhavya has been championing the cause of menstrual hygiene in her district. By associating herself with the Lalana Campaign, a holistic menstrual hygiene awareness campaign which is conducted by the Anahat NGO, Lakshmi has been slowly breaking taboos when it comes to periods and menstrual hygiene.

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, demanding that the Government of Assam install
biodegradable sanitary pad vending machines in all government schools across the state. Her petition on has already gathered support from over 90000 people and continues to grow.

Bidisha was selected in’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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