Aarthi

Aarthi

Hi! I’m Aarthi, pursuing my third year BA, LLB (Hons) at SASTRA University, Thanjavur. I am a die-hard Harry Potter fan and love to play badminton. I developed a passion for law from reading numerous novels and watching movies based on crime and courtroom dramas. After I started college, I realized that law is not as easy as it seems in films and books. It requires arduous effort and skill. Nevertheless, I have been able to participate in many legal aid camps which provide free legal services to the rural people. I also take part in various moot court competitions and social events.

I have noticed that our country has a very broad constitution containing innumerable provisions for the public. But not every person is fully aware of the rights they are entitled to. Reaching out to the basic common man, would be my dream. Everyone is facing some or the other difficulty, therefore ending up helpless without a solution. Through campaigns and other collective measures, I believe this can be reduced to a minimum. Hence, I’m happy to be a part of She Leads, a campaign promoting women empowerment, which is a topic of growing importance in our nation.

Akshita

Akshita

Draped in fashion, robed in gentility and enchanting the mantras of leadership, I am searching for a light to inculcate respect for women and equality in the society. I dream not to fathom the world but to develop a surrounding in which there is knowledge, diversity and valor to do what you wish, and to overcome the hurdles by being a conglomerate rather than a speck of dust that merges with the masses. Presently, I am a student at National institute of Fashion Technology, Gandhinagar pursuing Bachelor of Fashion Technology (6th semester) and I am interested in reading, dancing, acting and travelling to learn more.

Gopica

Gopica

With a keen eye on the future of women in Indian society and business, I am working on a social venture called Manzar - A project that combines profit with purpose to bring a substantial positive impact in the lives of women in our country. Focusing on skill development, Manzar aims to empower women and give them the platform to lead dignified and fulfilling lives.

Having completed a B.Com honors degree from Delhi University, I have always felt the gravitational pull of a career in social work. I left a lucrative career as an Analyst at Deloitte to transition into the social development sector. Having worked in various capacities with NGOs that dealt with education and gender sensitization, I decided to complete a formal education in social work and am currently pursuing a Master's degree in Social Work from the hallowed halls of Christ University in Bangalore.

My belief is that quality education for young minds is the cornerstone of a better tomorrow. I believe that the power of knowledge is far-reaching in its potential to change the mindsets of those who deem women as less capable. I also believe in arming the lesser privileged with capability - something that I know isn't governed by gender.
Areas of interest: travel, photography and painting.

Harshitha

Harshitha

I am currently pursuing my third year of Bachelor's in technology in Civil Engineering from VIT University, Chennai. I am a professional artist and have many national awards and accolades to my credit. I have also trained in the classical dance form of Bharatnatyam for over eleven years. I am a voracious reader and usually like to spend my spare time reading or painting. It would not be wrong to say that learning various art forms (both fine and performing) has played a huge role in shaping my personality.

I wish to work towards providing better and skill-based education for the poor in our country.
I am a strong proponent of the view that the government alone should not be held responsible nor criticised for the state of poverty and lack of proper educational opportunities in our country. We as citizens should also contribute to bridge the gap between the rich and the poor and decimate the huge sex-disparity problem that has been prevalent for a very long time in India.

I firmly believe that providing equal and useful educational opportunities is the best possible way of decreasing unemployment, building an egalitarian society and eradicating the misery of the poor.

Ishanee

Ishanee

Student. Reader. I Occasionally dabble with matters of pen, paper, poetry, politics, patriarchy, paradigms, providence and ah, well, alliteration. I dream about the stage and hope to be an actor; at the moment struggling to direct the play that is Life.
Being utterly frustrated with the expensive process of waxing hair off our mammalian skins and useless rules of a society divided by gender politics- I am a happy feminist. Yes, they exist.
Watching sappy soaps and sentimental novels have led me to believe that the Big Changes happen with the small ones. We change the world one child at a time, one conversation at a time, one mind at a time. So ask me for the solution and I will give you the three golden words (it's always three, have you noticed?) - Education, Education, Education.
And hold on, the Socratic idea of education, not the teachers-standing-and-talking-while-students-suffer-from-boredom one. Asking the right questions is the best place to begin. As of now, I amfuriously reading to finish a Bachelor's in Literature while still working with my college team on some exciting theatre projects. I am also learning how not to burn food and thereby feed myself. When not constantly ideating and making tiny notes in the margins, I enjoy arts, music, movies and culture in all its shapes and sizes.

Mrithula

Mrithula

After finishing my schooling in Bharathiya Vidya Bhavan, Wayanad Kendra, Kerala I completed my Bachelor of Arts Degree from P.S.G.R Krishnammal College for Women, Coimbatore. I am currently pursuing my Masters in English Literature at the same institution.
I was given ample opportunities to serve in various roles right from my school days as a school prefect, House captain, and School Parliamentary member. During my Final year of Under Graduation I became the Secretary of the Literary and Debating Association of our college.

It was my love for poetry recitation and listening to dramatic episodes which made me choose English as the subject for my post graduation. My aim is to become a Professor and I wish to be somebody who can, not only lead but also inspire and influence young minds in the right way.

The role played by a teacher is always crucial because to a very great extent it is the teachers who shape the views and ideas of youngsters. They get a chance to inculcate the right ideals and morals in them. They can also channelise people in the right direction making them understand the importance of equality and the ability to look at things not just with intellect but also with their heart.

This is the kind of a professor I want to be. My only major hobby is reading.

Olivia

Olivia

I am Olivia Varnika Dullapalli. I completed my Bachelor of Engineering in Electronics and Communication. My passion for Electronics drove me to start IEEE Student Chapter (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) in college and I went on to become the Chairman for the next two years.
I was also elected as the Technical Head of the Student Body Council in college.
I am blessed with an opportunity to be the Chairman of Social Concerns of my Youth Group. Every week I look forward to Saturday evenings where I get a chance to learn and grow with my friends in the Youth group. Our theme is to Encourage, Empower and Enrich each other. I believe it is this platform that shaped and nurtured me into what I am today.
I am currently working on the Google AdWords platform. I also have a heart to serve the community. In my free time, I get involved in volunteering because through volunteering I get to meet a lot of people. It excites me equally, when I talk to a 5-year-old, a 70-year-old or even someone of my age as I believe there is something unique to learn from everybody.
I aim to be in the Administrative Services one day because I enjoy challenges and aspire to be a leader.

Sanjana

Sanjana

My name is Sanjana S Rao and I am 21 years old, currently pursuing a BA.LLB (Law) degree at School of Law, Christ University, Bengaluru. The primary reason I chose to study law, could be attributed to my belief that an understanding of law and jurisprudence is one of the most effective ways to work towards the betterment of society and its people, as well as to curb the many social evils that plague this world.

This motivated me to head the Centre for Social Action Committee in my college, and participate in several legal-aid camps conducted to impart legal education to the rural poor. I aspire to work as a part of the government by writing the Civil Services examination, as I believe that such a field would be ideal to make an effective social change. This avenue would enable me to formulate and implement public policy, and my legal education would serve as a useful tool for the same.

I am also a voracious reader, and extremely passionate about dancing and sports. I have learnt ‘kathak’ for close to 5 years and have also represented my school and college teams in basketball and volleyball.

Shreya

Shreya

Being passionate about both, dance and justice since I was a little girl-now at 21, I am in my fourth year of law at School of Excellence (Chennai), and final year of a Bachelor’s degree in Bharatanatyam with SASTRA University.
I am also part of 'High Kicks All Girl Dance Ensemble'.

Raised in Coimbatore, I have been fortunate to have travelled and experienced many cultures.
A good student academically, I have trained in Bharatanatyam, Contemporary and many other dance forms. I have competed nationally and performed internationally.

In school I was an NCC cadet and won the All India Best Cadet Gold medal in 2010.
I had the opportunity to be a Rotary Exchange student to New York in 2011-2012. The many people, challenges and opportunities I met through these experiences have most significantly shaped me as the individual I am today.
In the future, I seek to be a Family Law practitioner, whilst continuing my passion for dance as a performing artist and choreographer. I am committed to contribute to gender sensitization and empowerment at an individual, organizational and legislative level.

I strongly believe in the arts as a medium of communication and dialogue, and hope to engage young people in the same.

Shwetha

Shwetha

I'm Shwetha, a small-town girl who drinks way too much coffee and occasionally writes a blog at - www.coffeewithadashoflife.wordpress.com.
I’m currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in commerce at Stella Maris College, Chennai. If you can’t spot my messy hair from a mile away, I guarantee you will find my head buried in a book. I believe in fiery passions, dreams that keep you up at night and pixie dust. I spend ample ‘me’ time baking, sketching, exercising and annoying my sister. From a young age, I’ve been lucky enough to travel to exotic, faraway places and this has instilled in me a love for stories, people, culture and colour.

Ten years down the line, I envision myself as a Journalist/ Editor of my own peculiar magazine and even better as the head taster at an Oreo or Tim Tam factory. I watch too many “TEd Talks’ for my own good and dream of being invited to speak at one. Apart from all this I’m also a daughter, a sister, a friend and most importantly, my own person. I’ve always been free spirited and independent and I would grab any chance to help another person feel that same freedom and empowerment.

As one of my favourite quotes reads- 'I believe that the longest night is only 8 hours and the longest hour is only 60 minutes- dawn is always going to come and when it does I’m going to be ready to embrace it.'