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Anya Thakur on Advocating for UN Women and Empowerment

Anya Thakur (@anyaathakur on Instagram), teen celebrity journalist and UN Women advocate.

Anya Thakur (@anyaathakur on Instagram), teen celebrity journalist and UN Women advocate.
Anya Thakur (@anyaathakur on Instagram), teen celebrity journalist and UN Women advocate.
Anya Thakur (@anyaathakur on Instagram), teen celebrity journalist and UN Women advocate.

https://instagram.com/anyaathakur/


Q: When did you first start ShePower and how did that come into fruition?

A: ShePower is a global movement and organization I founded aiming to advocate and uplift women and girls, underrepresented minorities such as Asian-Americans and South and East Asian women and diverse voices. Almost a year ago, I partnered with We Movement and MetoWe to make a difference and shine a light on women’s voices and empowerment and the power they have to uplift their communities. ShePower upholds UN Women’s mission to ensure an equitable future and opportunity for all through fighting for representation and visibility while empowering and elevating. ShePower hosts empowerment, leadership and self-defense workshops for women and girls in Delhi, Mumbai, Coimbatore, and Manipur in India and has spearheaded dozens of outreach efforts. And through creating, celebrating, and curating women’s stories, through ShePower I fight for those who cannot fight for themselves and am proud to elevate the voices of women.

Q: Can you speak a little bit about your experience in India this summer?

A: To expand my work with ShePower, I traveled to Delhi, Coimbatore and other parts of Tamil Nadu, Mumbai and Manipur this past summer to empower rural and under-served women and girls. It was an experience as I strengthened my ties to my heritage and homeland as a first generation Indian-American, and an opportunity to lead empowerment and outreach efforts.

I’ve spent months in India — from Delhi, Coimbatore and other parts of Tamil Nadu, Manipur and Mumbai — making my difference and striving to empower and uplift girls and women through health education, self defense and empowerment workshops helping them to unlock their potential. Each day I was motivated by the incredible women I met and collaborated closely with governmental and women’s empowerment organizations in outreach efforts to lower income or underrepresented areas.

And I’ve spent many more months furthering UN Women’s mission to create a world of equality and opportunity by launching a campaign supporting UN Women to advocate for girls’ education, advocating for representation and visibility of women and Asian Americans in media as a journalist for the LA Times, disseminating over five thousand period pads to women in need.

From the global head of HeforShe Elizabeth Nyamayaro, who I had the opportunity to profile as Medium’s Women’s Voices Editor, to all the interns I’ve connected with at the United Nations who share the dream of eradicating inequality, I am deeply honored to share my work and announce the role I am choosing to take on as a UN Women advocate.

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