About Our Founder


Dr. Shruti Kapoor is an award-winning gender equality activist, economist, and social entrepreneur who is passionate about the safety of girls and women. Shaken by the horrific gang rape in Delhi 2012, she founded her organization, Sayfty in June 2013 to educate and empower the women and girls of India against violence. The initiative aims at creating awareness of laws and legal rights around the issue of violence against women. It also uses digital media, tech-for-good, and storytelling to advocate for women’s safety.

The Indian Ministry of Women & Child Development recently felicitated Dr. Kapoor with the #WebWonderWomen award to celebrate the exceptional achievements of women, who have been driving positive agenda of social change via social media. Dr. Kapoor served on the judging panel for Anu and Naveen Jain’s Women Safety Xprize competition. In 2016, The White House nominated Dr. Kapoor as a changemaker for The United State Of Women Summit 2016. Sayfty was awarded the People’s Choice Award by Femverstising (2015) and won a State recognition award by the Uttar Pradesh government in India for the organization’s work on safety and education of girls. In 2015 also, Dr. Kapoor was awarded the Rex Karamveer fellowship, “to share impactful ideas for action and transform lives through projects and ideas of hope,” and was awarded “Woman of the Year (third prize)” by Regional Council, Aosta Valley, Italy.

Dr. Kapoor holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of CA, Riverside. She has consulted at UN Women and the World Bank in Washington DC. She has also served as an Adjunct Professor of Economics at Occidental College in Los Angeles, CA. More recently, she served on the UN Inter-Agency Network on Youth Development Working Group on Youth and Gender Equality Task Force and Social Media Committees to inaugurate the United Nations Youth Forum for the Commission on the Status of Women. Dr. Kapoor is also a regular contributor on gender issues and network member of Apolitical, a global policy platform and a network of policymakers and thought leaders.

Dr. Kapoor has addressed many national and international public forums including the Youth Assembly at the United Nations (2017,2016), The World Woman Summit (2017), The World Urban Forum (2017) and Merit 360 (September 2016). She is dedicated to using digital media to raise awareness to make our cities safer for women and girls.

You can connect with her on Twitter  & Linkedin

Articles published by Dr. Kapoor

Speaking Engagements

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.

Media Interviews

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Kapoor-Certan-1-1024x683 On the occasion of the International Youth Day on 12 August 2016, UN Women, in collaboration with the UN Inter-Agency Network on Youth Development, hosted a side event, ÒInternational Youth Day: Investing in Young WomenÕs LeadershipÓ at the UN Headquarters in New York. The event convened 15 young women leaders from around the world to share experiences and strategies on how to empower other young women and inspire a new generation of leaders to fulfill the vision of gender equality and sustainable development by the year 2030. Photo: UN Women/Ryan Brown 13428375_10153532788247027_1408177409638474360_n    youthday2016_unwomen_youngwomensleadershipeventunhq__lb_1646_1_675x450