Dr. Shruti Kapoor
Dr. Shruti Kapoor is an award-winning gender equality activist, economist and social entrepreneur, 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 her organization, Sayfty in June 2013 to educate and empower women and girls of India against violence. The organization 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 change maker for The United State Of Women Summit 2016. She is the winner of Barclay’s We Are The City 50 Rising Stars Award in 2016, India. 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 International organizations like The World Bank in Washington DC and UN Women, NYC. She has also served as an Adjunct Professor of Economics at Occidental College in Los Angeles, CA. She is currently the co-chair of UN Women’s Task Force For Young Women’s Economic Empowerment. 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 Youth Assembly at the United Nations, UN Women Events, Merit 360 and Make Room India. She is an award-winning writer, Huffington Post contributor, World Pulse Digital Change maker and Impact Leader She is dedicated to media, digital and traditional, to raise awareness to make our cities safer for women and girls.