DR. SHRUTI KAPOOR
At what point in your life did you consider yourself a feminist? Was it an event or a process?
I grew up with a strong sense of equality! For as long as I remember I believed women can do anything, I can do anything. I am a fair and just person and if I see injustice or inequality I will use my voice and question it.
Who most influenced your awareness of your feminism?
The women in my family. My grandmother & mother who never believed I was any less than my brother. Equal opportunities were provided to both my brother and me always.
In what ways has your feminism informed your life choices?
It has empowered me to stand up for my self and for the people around me. It has made me more passionate, empathetic and just!
In what ways do you share your feminism with others?
I practice it daily in my life. Through my organization, Sayfty we continuously raise awareness & our voice for equality!
Describe your vision of a feminist world.
One of equal opportunities for all regardless of gender, age, race or orientation.
How I Define Feminism:
Equality for ALL!
Dr. Shruti Kapoor is a gender equality activist, economist and social entrepreneur who is passionate about girls and women’s safety. Shaken by the horrific gang rape in Delhi 2012 that caught the attention of the global news media, she founded Sayfty in June 2013 to educate and empower women and girls of India against violence. The initiative aims at not only creating awareness of laws and legal rights around the issue of violence against women, but also uses digital media, tech-for-good and storytelling for women’s safety.
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 UP 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 PhD in Economics from University of CA, Riverside, and has consulted for the World Bank in Washington DC. She has also served as an Adjunct Professor of Economics at Occidental College in Los Angeles, CA. Most 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 has addressed many public forums including the Youth Assembly at the United Nations (August 2016), Merit 360 (September 2016) and Make Room India (October 2016). She is dedicated to media, digital and traditional, to raise awareness to make our cities safer for women and girls.