20th and 21st December, 2019

Dr. Ambedkar International Centre, Janpath, New Delhi

 

The Summit Experience

Free to attend. Diverse. Inclusive.

Express. Act. Advocate.

Today, the world is being changed by young people. Look around you. From culture to politics, young India’s influence is shaping how we think of some of the most critical issues today.

Launched in 2018, the Youth Ki Awaaz Summit is the single largest forum for young Indians to discuss, deliberate and act on critical issues shaping our world.

With carefully curated conversations with changemakers and decision makers, the Summit is the voice of a progressive generation, wanting to go out and change the world for the better. Join us, and 2000 attendees as we explore powerful stories of those who’ve used their expression, action and advocacy to create an impact, and engage directly with those who decide for us.

Meet and hear from India’s leading changemakers, social entrepreneurs, political leaders, artists and performers and attend a set of curated workshops to help you take the next big step in your change making journey.

NOTE: The Youth Ki Awaaz Summit is a fully accessible event for persons with disabilities - with a completely accessible venue and availability of sign language interpreters throughout the two days.

AUDIENCE SPEAK

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WHO'S SPEAKING

Talks

Kailash Satyarthi
Child Rights Activist, Nobel Laureate The Future of Young India

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Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati
Secretary-General of Global Interfaith WASH Alliance

#PeriodPaath Panel Discussion

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Dr Abhay Xaxa
National Convenor - National Campaign on Dalit Human Rights

Representation of Identities Online

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Aman Sharma
Climate Champion

Why I'm Missing School to Protest for Clean Air

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Anshul Tewari
Founder, Youth Ki Awaaz

Express. Act. Advocate

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Apar Gupta
Lawyer, Executive Director - Internet Freedom Foundation

Democracy Adda - Free Press in a Digital Age

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Ashish Birulee
Photojournalist, Activist

Taking the Jadugoda Story to the World

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Basit Jamal
Social Entrepreneur, Ashoka Fellow

Repurposing the Power of Religion

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Charu Pragya
Head of the National Legal Cell - Bhartiya Janta Party Youth Wing

Democracy Adda - Agree to Disagree

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Grace Banu
Founder - Trans Rights Now Collective

Representation of Identities Online

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Gulesh Chauhan
India's first woman Uber driver

Making public transport women-first

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Jothimani S
General Secretary of Indian Youth Congress

Democracy Adda - Agree to Disagree

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Karnika Kohli
Audience Editor, Scroll.in

Why You Must Let the Facts Do the Talking

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Malini Gowrishankar
Founder, CEO - F5Escapes

Solo Travel for Women

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Mary Sebastian
Advocate – International Justice Mission

Ending Systemic Exploitation of Women

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Manuraj Shunmugasundaram
National Media Spokesperson - Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam Party

Democracy Adda - Agree to Disagree

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Meera Devi
Meera Devi - Bureau Chief, Khabar Lahariya

Representation of Identities Online

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Mir Mohammed Ali
District Collector, Kannur

Fighting Fake News in Kannur

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Mohammad Shams Aalam Shaikh
International Para Swimmer

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Neha Arora
Founder, Planet Abled

Solo Travel for Women

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Ridhima Pandey
Climate Champion

Why I Sued The Governments of 5 Countries

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Ritu Jaiswal
Mukhiya of Gram Panchayat Raj Singhwahini, Bihar

What Makes a Good Leader

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Saurabh Dwivedi
Editor, The Lallantop

Breaking the Eliteness of Language

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Sharmistha Mukherjee
President - Delhi Pradesh Mahila Congress

Democracy Adda - Agree to Disagree

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Shikha Mandi
India's first Santhali RJ

Breaking the Glass Ceiling as an Adivasi Woman

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Sucharita Tyagi
Content Creator, Movie Critic, Writer

Personal Liberty and Freedom in India

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Suman Devathiya
State Organiser - All India Dalit Mahila Adhikar Manch in Rajasthan

Representing Identities Online

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Vaidehi Murthy
Social Media Content Lead at Dunzo, Wordplay Enthusiast

Small Humour as a Large Medium

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Vasundhra Kaul
5th year law student, National Law University, Delhi

Are You An Indian Citizen?

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Virali Modi
Disability Rights Activist

Making the Indian Railways Accessible

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Vishak G Iyer
Special Secretary to the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh

Uniting a Community to Rebuild a River

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Veer Ojas
Climate Champion

Saving the Aravallis

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Workshops

Dr Aditi Kaul
Expressive Arts-Based Therapist

Making Mental Health Matter

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Shantanu Paul
Venture Associate, Ashoka India

The Power of Empathy

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Tamseel Hussain and Shubham Gupta
People Like Us Create

Mobile Journalism FTW

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Supriya Paul
Co-Founder - Josh Talks

Public Speaking Like a Pro

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SETTING THE AGENDA

What to expect in the two days
20th December
  • 10:10 am: Express. Act. Advocate by Anshul Tewari
  • 10:25 am: Breaking the eliteness of language in media by Saurabh Dwivedi
  • 10:45 am: Taking the Jadugoda story to the world by Ashish Birulee
  • 11:00 am: Making public transport women first by Gulesh Chauhan
  • 11:15 am: What makes a good leader by Ritu Jaiswal
  • 11:30 am: Addressing Young India's Challenges Around Gender and Health presented by UNFPA and UNV with Dr. Zoya Rizvi, M. Suman, Nidhi Goyal, Jasmine George and Rituparna Chatterjee
  • 12:15 pm: Saving the Aravallis by Veer Ojas
  • 12:30 pm: Repurposing the power of religion by Basit Jamal
  • 12:45 pm: Forced to flee: Stories of refugee youth in India presented by UNHCR
  • 1:00 pm: Lunch
  • 2:00 pm: Performance by Salaam refugee rock band presented by UNHCR
  • 2:15 pm: Townhall with Kailash Satyarthi
  • 3:00 pm: Solo travel for women in India with Malini Gowrishankar, Neha Arora, Snehal Wankhede and RJ Jassi
  • 3:30 pm: What citizenship means in India today by Vasundhra Kaul
  • 3:45 pm: What India stands to gain by paying attention to menstrual health presented by WSSCC with Deane De Menezes, Soma Katiyar, Mitali Nikore and Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati
  • 4:30 pm: Why I sued 5 governments for climate inaction by Ridhima Pandey
  • 4:45 pm: Nidhi Goyal stand-up act
  • 5:00 pm: Workshops by Prashant Jha, Gaurav Shah and Aditi Kaul | Power talks on menstrual health and SRHR by Pravin Nikam, Vihaan and Mausam Kumari
  • 6:00 pm: Closing of Day 1
21st December
  • 10:00 am: Personal liberty and freedom with Sidharth Yadav, Angellica Aribam, Rafiul Alom Rahman, Kawalpreet Kaur, Shreya Munoth and Sucharita Tyagi
  • 10:30 am: Ending systemic exploitation of women by Mary Sebastian
  • 10:45am: Why I'm missing school to protest by Aman Sharma
  • 11:00 am: Internet shutdowns in India by Apar Gupta
  • 11:15 am: Banega India #ZeroSeHero with Naim Keruwala, Hitesh Kataria, Jayashree Nandi, Tanya Devaiah, Ridhima Pandey and Kanchi Kohli
  • 12:00 pm: Fighting fake news in Kannur with Mir Mohammed Ali
  • 12:15 pm: Workshops with Shantanu Paul, Supriya Paul, Twitter India, Prashant Jha and Pluc | Women on the Internet power talks with Vaidehi Murthy, Virali Modi and Karnika Kohli
  • 1:15 pm-2:00 pm: Lunch
  • 2:15 pm: What India loses when it ignores the trans community by Zainab Patel
  • 2:30 pm: The journey of becoming a record-breaking para athlete by Shams Alam
  • 2:45 pm: #DemocracyAdda presented by Twitter - Young India's Aspirations with Manuraj Sundaram, Sharmistha Mukherjee, Ritesh Pandey, Vinoj Selvam and Sarvapriya Sangwan
  • 3:45 pm: #DemocracyAdda presented by Twitter - Representing Identities Online with Abhay Xaxa, Grace Banu, Meera Devi,
    Suman Devathiya and Shikha Mandi
  • 4:45 pm: Youth Ki Awaaz Awards ceremony
  • 5:15 pm: Performance by Nomad Souls drum circle
  • 5:45 pm: Closing of YKA Summit 2019

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Senior Curator, Agami India
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Head of Campaigns, Save The Children India
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An ambassador and trained facilitator under Eco Femme (a social enterprise working towards menstrual health in south India), Sanjina is also an active member of the MHM Collective- India and Menstrual Health Alliance- India. She has conducted Menstrual Health sessions in multiple government schools adopted by Rotary District 3240 as part of their WinS project in rural Bengal. She has also delivered training of trainers on SRHR, gender, sexuality and Menstruation for Tomorrow’s Foundation, Vikramshila Education Resource Society, Nirdhan trust and Micro Finance, Tollygunj Women In Need, Paint It Red in Kolkata.

Now as an MH Fellow with YKA, she’s expanding her impressive scope of work further by launching a campaign to facilitate the process of ensuring better menstrual health and SRH services for women residing in correctional homes in West Bengal. The campaign will entail an independent study to take stalk of the present conditions of MHM in correctional homes across the state and use its findings to build public support and political will to take the necessary action.

Saurabh has been associated with YKA as a user and has consistently been writing on the issue MHM and its intersectionality with other issues in the society. Now as an MHM Fellow with YKA, he’s launched the Right to Period campaign, which aims to ensure proper execution of MHM guidelines in Delhi’s schools.

The long-term aim of the campaign is to develop an open culture where menstruation is not treated as a taboo. The campaign also seeks to hold the schools accountable for their responsibilities as an important component in the implementation of MHM policies by making adequate sanitation infrastructure and knowledge of MHM available in school premises.

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Harshita is a psychologist and works to support people with mental health issues, particularly adolescents who are survivors of violence. Associated with the Azadi Foundation in UP, Harshita became an MHM Fellow with YKA, with the aim of promoting better menstrual health.

Her campaign #MeriMarzi aims to promote menstrual health and wellness, hygiene and facilities for female sex workers in UP. She says, “Knowledge about natural body processes is a very basic human right. And for individuals whose occupation is providing sexual services, it becomes even more important.”

Meri Marzi aims to ensure sensitised, non-discriminatory health workers for the needs of female sex workers in the Suraksha Clinics under the UPSACS (Uttar Pradesh State AIDS Control Society) program by creating more dialogues and garnering public support for the cause of sex workers’ menstrual rights. The campaign will also ensure interventions with sex workers to clear misconceptions around overall hygiene management to ensure that results flow both ways.

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MH Fellow Sabna comes with significant experience working with a range of development issues. A co-founder of Project Sakhi Saheli, which aims to combat period poverty and break menstrual taboos, Sabna has, in the past, worked on the issue of menstruation in urban slums of Delhi with women and adolescent girls. She and her team also released MenstraBook, with menstrastories and organised Menstra Tlk in the Delhi School of Social Work to create more conversations on menstruation.

With YKA MHM Fellow Vineet, Sabna launched Menstratalk, a campaign that aims to put an end to period poverty and smash menstrual taboos in society. As a start, the campaign aims to begin conversations on menstrual health with five hundred adolescents and youth in Delhi through offline platforms, and through this community mobilise support to create Period Friendly Institutions out of educational institutes in the city.

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A student from Delhi School of Social work, Vineet is a part of Project Sakhi Saheli, an initiative by the students of Delhi school of Social Work to create awareness on Menstrual Health and combat Period Poverty. Along with MHM Action Fellow Sabna, Vineet launched Menstratalk, a campaign that aims to put an end to period poverty and smash menstrual taboos in society.

As a start, the campaign aims to begin conversations on menstrual health with five hundred adolescents and youth in Delhi through offline platforms, and through this community mobilise support to create Period Friendly Institutions out of educational institutes in the city.

Find out more about the campaign here.

A native of Bhagalpur district – Bihar, Shalini Jha believes in equal rights for all genders and wants to work for a gender-equal and just society. In the past she’s had a year-long association as a community leader with Haiyya: Organise for Action’s Health Over Stigma campaign. She’s pursuing a Master’s in Literature with Ambedkar University, Delhi and as an MHM Fellow with YKA, recently launched ‘Project अल्हड़ (Alharh)’.

She says, “Bihar is ranked the lowest in India’s SDG Index 2019 for India. Hygienic and comfortable menstruation is a basic human right and sustainable development cannot be ensured if menstruators are deprived of their basic rights.” Project अल्हड़ (Alharh) aims to create a robust sensitised community in Bhagalpur to collectively spread awareness, break the taboo, debunk myths and initiate fearless conversations around menstruation. The campaign aims to reach at least 6000 adolescent girls from government and private schools in Baghalpur district in 2020.

Read more about the campaign here.

A psychologist and co-founder of a mental health NGO called Customize Cognition, Ritika forayed into the space of menstrual health and hygiene, sexual and reproductive healthcare and rights and gender equality as an MHM Fellow with YKA. She says, “The experience of working on MHM/SRHR and gender equality has been an enriching and eye-opening experience. I have learned what’s beneath the surface of the issue, be it awareness, lack of resources or disregard for trans men, who also menstruate.”

The Transmen-ses campaign aims to tackle the issue of silence and disregard for trans men’s menstruation needs, by mobilising gender sensitive health professionals and gender neutral restrooms in Lucknow.

Read more about the campaign here.

A Computer Science engineer by education, Nitisha started her career in the corporate sector, before realising she wanted to work in the development and social justice space. Since then, she has worked with Teach For India and Care India and is from the founding batch of Indian School of Development Management (ISDM), a one of its kind organisation creating leaders for the development sector through its experiential learning post graduate program.

As a Youth Ki Awaaz Menstrual Health Fellow, Nitisha has started Let’s Talk Period, a campaign to mobilise young people to switch to sustainable period products. She says, “80 lakh women in Delhi use non-biodegradable sanitary products, generate 3000 tonnes of menstrual waste, that takes 500-800 years to decompose; which in turn contributes to the health issues of all menstruators, increased burden of waste management on the city and harmful living environment for all citizens.

Let’s Talk Period aims to change this by

Find out more about her campaign here.

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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 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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