When you raise your awaaz 🗣️

Things change. Hundreds of writers have used the Youth Ki Awaaz platform to create mass awareness, urge decision makers to take action, start local, as well as global movements - and many times - create a safe space that previously did not exist.

 

Impacting Policy

Several Youth Ki Awaaz users have used the platform to talk about and amplify stories on issues that are being ignored by decision makers. From action on sexual harassment, to getting the Nepal Govt to finally set up probe to investigate a trafficking racket, YKA stories have moved decision makes to pay attention and act. Here are some of those stories.

Seeking Action

Can the simple act of speaking up alert institutions, organisations, police authorities and petitioners to act? Youth Ki Awaaz stories have often been used to alert local authorities to act, file petitions in courts, and change policies within organisations. Here are some of those stories.

Starting Movements

What happens when 100s of people come together for a common cause, moved by a story, because they believe it's the right thing to do? Youth Ki Awaaz users have used the platform to write open letters and stories which started some of the most powerful youth led movements around issues such as menstrual taboos, unfair college rules against women students and many more.

Creating Awareness

While the traditional media can play a key role in creating mass awareness, often times it falls short in covering issues that really deserve attention. From adivasi rights to women's sexuality and health, some of the most powerful Youth Ki Awaaz stories have reached millions of people and played a key role in creating mass awareness on issues otherwise tabooed or ignored by the traditional media.

Getting Recognition

Because of their impact, many Youth Ki Awaaz users and their stories (and the YKA platform) have been recognised and awarded for their efforts in creating awareness and impact. These stories have travelled the world, been written about globally and have set the new norm in what pathbreaking and fearless storytelling and journalism looks like. Read some of the most powerful stories in this list.

Speak up now 🗣️

If you have a story, we have the platform. Just like the ones above, your story can also create impact and reach millions. If you have a something the world should know about, publish it on Youth Ki Awaaz today. Click here to get started.

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

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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