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

Hear from those who attended in 2018

 

 

 

 

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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ADVISORS

Artika Raj
Senior Curator, Agami India
Mahima Kaul
Director of Policy, Twitter India
Pragya Vats
Head of Campaigns, Save The Children India
Radhika Kaulbatra
Chief of Staff, United Nations India

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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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