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Anya Thakur Taking Action for the United Nations Through Empowering Girls

Anya Thakur on making a social impact for the greater good and invest in the future by taking action for the United Nations.

Among the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, №5 is near to my heart: “Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.”

As an advocate for UN Women and a teen celebrity journalist, I truly understand the power our voices have.

And women and girls and all those with a story to tell have fundamentally valuable voices. It’s up to us to listen and empower them to use their voices.

With my campaign with UN Women, which I recently launched to spearhead the mission for representation and empowerment, and ShePower, a global organization I founded in partnership with MetoWe and We Movement, I’ve striven to help women and girls, such as those in rural India or marginalized backgrounds, their value and that they can accomplish anything they set their mind to.

ShePower works to spotlight and empower minorities through creating diverse programming by and for South and East Asian women, particularly in underrepresented and underserved areas. I’ve worked extensively with local leaders in Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata, and Mumbai to break gender stereotypes, implement programs such as providing self defense and martial arts training to young girls, and creating support groups and collaborated closely with MetoWe and Senior Coordinator of School Engagement Amanda Monk to develop ArtRising.

Through supporting youth leadership and arts opportunities for underserved and underrepresented communities and minorities, I fuse my passion with advocacy and meaningful change.

I’m honored to make a social impact for the greater good and invest in the future by taking action for the United Nations and launching my campaign to support women and girls!

Image courtesy of Anya Thakur and UN Women. Designed by Anya Thakur.

I’ve made it my mission to support every child’s fundamental right to education. And through ShePower, I strive to provide healthcare products, education, and empowerment opportunities to support the growth and welfare of underprivileged groups.

I personally led the drive to foster change and traveled extensively across India where I met young girls and their communities, identified key issues and worked to create solutions in partnership with officials and local nonprofit organizations.

Whether the girls I met in India or those on a world stage, global leaders are fueled by energy and compassion to better the world which is why I strive to raise awareness of obstacles many must overcome and opportunities to support equality.

All girls and every child deserves to be healthy, safe, counted and in a position to be in the next generation of leaders. Let’s do this!

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