Shaken by the horrific gang rape in Delhi in 2012 that caught the attention of the global news media, Dr. Shruti Kapoor founded her organization, Sayfty. Its goal is to educate and empower women and girls in India to protect themselves from violence. Sayfty aims to create awareness of the laws and legal rights regarding the issues of violence against women. It also uses self-defense training, digital media, and storytelling to promote the unquestionable right of women to live their lives in safety.
Dr. Kapoor was named by Apolitical as one of the most influential people in global policy in 2019. The Indian Ministry of Women and Child Development in 2019 honored Dr. Kapoor as one of the “30 #WebWonderWomen“ who have been driving a positive agenda of social change via social media. In 2018 Richtopia named Dr. Kapoor as one of the top 100 leaders from multilateral global organizations. In 2016, The White House nominated Dr. Kapoor as a change-maker for The United State of Women’s Summit 2016, and in India, she was named the winner of Barclay’s 2016 “We are the City 50 Rising Stars Award”. In 2015 Femverstising awarded the “People’s Choice Award” to Sayfty for their campaign promoting gender equality, and was chosen to receive a State recognition award by the Uttar Pradesh government in India for the organization’s work advocating for the safety and education of girls. Also, in 2015, Dr. Kapoor was awarded the Rex Karamveer fellowship, whose aim is “to share impactful ideas for action and transform lives through projects and ideas of hope”. Additionally, Dr. Kapoor received the 2015 “Woman of the Year Award (third prize)” from the Regional Council of Aosta Valley, Italy.
Dr. Kapoor earned a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California, Riverside, and has worked with International organizations such as The World Bank and UN Women. She has also served as an Adjunct Professor of Economics at Occidental College in Los Angeles, CA. Dr. Kapoor is an active member of the UN Inter-Agency Network on Youth Development Working Group on Youth and Gender Equality Task Force, and served on the core organizing committee of UN’s Youth Forum for the Commission on the Status of Women 2017.
Dr. Kapoor has addressed many public forums including various sessions of the Youth Assembly at the United Nations, UN Women events, The World Forum On Urban Violence, IIT Delhi, Merit 360, and the World Woman Summit. She is a regular contributor on gender issues and a network member of Apolitical, a global policy platform and a network of policymakers and thought leaders. As a “World Pulse Impact Leader and Digital Change Maker”, Dr. Kapoor is dedicated to media, digital and traditional approaches to strive for gender equality and gender responsive implementation of the “Sustainable Development Goals”. She is an active user of social media and you can connect with her at:
Articles published by Dr. Kapoor
- Our Laws Are Failing Victims Of Sexual Violence, Apolitical, July 2019
- India might give 8 million women free transport. Should they?, Apolitical, June 2019
- To Understand Alabama’s Abortion Law, Look to Romania, Apolitical, May 2019
- MeToo is taking India by the storm. Here is the policy change we need. Apolitical, October 2018
- How to give India’s half billion women the voice they need in government?, Apolitical, August 2018
- How we’re using rebellious books to bust gender stereotypes in India, Apolitical, August 2018
- One in three women is a victim of violence. Time for men to step it up, Apolitical, August 2018
- What is Consent Culture? The Quint, April 2018
- Question & Answers w/ the author of Louisiana Catch, The Aerogram, April 2018
Culture Change and Law Enforcement Needed To Make India Safer For Women, Europe World Print Edition 35, November 2017
- A #DayInTheLife In An Entrepreneur, Gender Equality Activist, Mom, Mogul, March 2017
- India: Why I No Longer Fast For My Husband, WorldPulse, January 2017
Global: Why Women Are Missing The Bus (and Train and Taxi), Worldpulse, October 2016
- US/India: Let’s Change Menstruation Culture, WorldPulse, August 2016
- Nutrient Consumption in India: Evidence from a village study, January 2017 (Submitted to Journal of Development Economics)
- WebWonderWomen award ceremony, Indian Ministry of Women & Child Development, Delhi
- Inaugural Keynote at Kaizen 2019, IIT Delhi
- “Violence Against Women” Where: World Forum On Urban Violence, 2018, Madrid, Spain
- TV Asia, 2018: Consent Culture in South Asia
- CGTN, The Point with Liu Ling, 2018: What’s Behind India’s Rape Crisis?
- CGTN America: The Heat, 2018: The Rape Cases in India
- Republic TV, Featured on Facebook Presents One India: Speak Up Against Gender Violence
- KCT Yugam, Kumaragaru University, Coimbatore, 2018
- CGTN, America, 2017: Workplace Sexual Harassment
- UN International Day Of The Girl Child, Istanbul, 2017
- World Forum For Urban Violence and Education For Coexistence and Peace, Madrid, 2017
- KeyNote: World Woman Summit, Arkansas 2017
- Speaker, Social Entrepreneurship Panel, World Woman Summit, Arkansas 2017
- UN International Day Of The Girl Child, Istanbul, 2017: SpeakerUN Summer Youth Assembly, 2017: Opportunities in “Technovation” to create the World We Want and Achieve Gender Equality (Video Link)
- UN Youth Forum CSW61 (Moderator): Young Women As an Economic Force
- UN Winter Youth Assembly, 2017: Young Women’s Economic Empowerment
- UN Women: Youth Action to End Violence Against Women
- UN Summer Youth Assembly, 2016: Youth Involvement at the UN
- UN Summer Youth Assembly, 2016: Investing in Young Women’s Leadership
Other speaking engagements include Merit 360 Conference 2016, Make Room India 2016, Rex Karamveer Awards 2015, International Women of the Year, Aosta Valley 2015 and more.
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