Anya Thakur: Working with the UN, Starting ShePower & Self-Confidence in 2018

Anya Thakur On Working with the UN, Starting ShePower & Self-Confidence in 2018

Inspired by the words of philanthropist and entrepreneur Karlie Kloss, the founder of Kode with Klossy, which empowers girls to code and become leaders in technology, hosting workshops for thousands of young women from diverse backgrounds

Anya Thakur, teen celebrity journalist and UN Women advocate, for VS PINK in Mandalay Bay.

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2019 recently arrived and as I look back, I see a year filled with purpose and wonder as I found my tribe and sought to empower and uplift women and girls in media and everywhere. Through my work with UN Women and as a celebrity journalist advocating for representation, I stand shoulder to shoulder with all the women who speak for and stand for what’s right and my belief in the power we have is continually reaffirmed.

Through working closely with organizations including the United Nations, UN Women, We Movement and the Jane Goodall Foundation, I am honored to champion global empowerment as a UN Women advocate and further the mission to build a brighter future for millions.

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.

And the desire to make a meaningful impact and drive change is what will continue to motivate me, whether today or five years from now.

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.

I’ve spent many more months furthering my ultimate goal and 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 fully pursue the role I am choosing to take on as a UN Women advocate.


Instagram: Anya Thakur @anyaathakur


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