Shruti Kapoor

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Shruti Kapoor (born 25 September) is an Indian economist, women's rights activist, and social entrepreneur. She is the founder of Sayfty,[1] an initiative that aims to educate, equip and empower women and girls against all forms of violence.[2]

Background

Born in Kanpur, India[3] Kapoor moved to the United States in 2000.[4] After earning a master's degree in Economics from Marquette University,[5] she worked as an economist for the World Bank in Washington, DC for two years.[6] Following this, she moved to California to complete her PhD in Economics,[5] and remained a consultant for the World Bank. After graduating with a doctorate degree, Kapoor taught Economics at Occidental College for a year.[5]

Activism and social entrepreneurship

Kapoor founded Sayfty in June 2013 as an initiative to educate, equip and empower women and girls against all forms of violence.[3] The initiative aims at training young women and girls in self-defence, the use of safety tools including pepper-spray,[6] awareness of laws and legal rights,[6] and creating dialogue around safety and what makes women feel unsafe. Sayfty was awarded the People's Choice Award by Femvertising in 2015.[7][8]

As an activist, Kappor has addressed many public forums including the Youth Assembly at the United Nations in August 2016.[9]

References

  1. "Start up gathers funds for women's safety in India (Includes interview)". Digital Journal. 2014-01-14. http://www.digitaljournal.com/news/crime/start-up-gathers-funds-for-women-s-safety-in-india/article/365818#ixzz4HhQe8nqv. 
  2. Prasad, Aryanna (10 July 2015). "South Asian Women Shine in ‘Stars of STEM’ Fashion Show in New York City". India.com. http://www.india.com/arts-and-culture/south-asian-women-shine-in-stars-of-stem-fashion-show-in-new-york-city-451434/. Retrieved 17 September 2016. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 Segalov, Michael (11 March 2016). "The Indian women learning to fight for survival". Huck Magazine. http://www.huckmagazine.com/perspectives/india-women/. Retrieved 17 September 2016. 
  4. Roy, Baisakhi (13 January 2014). "Start up gathers funds for women's safety in India". Digital Journal. http://www.digitaljournal.com/news/crime/start-up-gathers-funds-for-women-s-safety-in-india/article/365818. Retrieved 17 September 2016. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 "Meet the SHEROES - Shruti Kapoor". Sheroes. https://sheroes.in/articles/meet-the-sheroes-shruti-kapoor/MzU1. 
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 "World Bank economist starts a website for women’s safety". Hindustan Times. 2013-07-27. http://www.hindustantimes.com/lifestyle/world-bank-economist-starts-a-website-for-women-s-safety/story-Ep9MaT9M38EIcV33lj2Z3L.html. 
  7. "Watch: Always, Ram Trucks and Dove ads win new award for empowering women and girls". Fortune. 2015-07-20. http://fortune.com/2015/07/20/femvertising-awards-feminist-ads/. 
  8. Ross Godar, Julie (17 July 2015). "Meet the 7 Ad Companies Who Are Changing Our Culture". Blogher. http://www.blogher.com/meet-7-ad-companies-who-are-changing-our-culture. Retrieved 17 September 2016. 
  9. "Dr. Shruti Kapoor". The Youth Assembly at the United Nations. http://www.youthassembly.nyc/2016-summer-speakers//dr-shruti-kapoor.