At what point in your life did you consider yourself a feminist? Was it an event or a process?
I considered myself a feminist last year after i started raising money for the Malala Fund. It was a process and even though I have finished fundraising for the Malala Fund the process is ongoing.
Who most influenced your awareness of your feminism?
Malala Yousafzai - education activist - and Catherine Constantinides - humanitarian and climate activist..
In what ways has your feminism informed your life choices?
Being a feminist has showed me that gender should not limit me - i try everything.
In what ways do you share your feminism with others?
I use social media to promote women doing awesome things.
Describe your vision of a feminist world.
My vision of a feminist world is to see women represented equally in every sector and for women to be paid as much as their male counterparts who do the same job.
How I Define Feminism:
My definition of feminism is equal opportunity for women and men.
Knowing that her life and work makes a difference to the lives of others keeps Nisha Varghese inspired to do the work she does to help others.
At just six months old, Varghese was diagnosed with Cerebral palsy, the non-progressive, non-contagious motor condition that causes physical disability in human development, particularly in the areas of body movement. As a result Varghese is unable to walk and her right arm has reduced functionality.
Fast-forward to age 13 — when Varghese was put on bed rest following surgery to her back for curvature of the spine, her attention was grabbed by a TV interview by Oprah Winfrey of Kendall Ciesemier on his organisation Kids Caring 4 Kids.
This planted a seed for Varghese — since then, using whatever means she has, mainly the internet, she has raised funds for people in need around the world.
She uses fundraising platforms, her blog and social media to increase awareness and raise money for causes she cares about. These have included $7 862 for The Water Project Inc. (the money was used to dig a borehole well for a community in Kenya; $1 075 for the anti-trafficking Not For Sale Campaign; $1 088 for the Elton John AIDS Foundation UK; and $5 307 for the Malala Fund, seeking to enable girls to complete 12 years of safe, quality education, equipping them to achieve their potential and become positive change-makers.
Her current campaign is called 25 Smiles, raising funds for cleft palate surgery for 25 children through the Smile Train. So far she has raised over $7 000.
Nisha’s message is simple: if I can’t fix my own life and body, I can at least contribute to helping some other kids fix theirs.