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Indian Economist & Founder, Sayfty
Dr. Shruti Kapoor is an Indian economist, women’s rights activist, and social entrepreneur.
Shaken by the horrific gang rape in Delhi in 2012 that caught the attention of the global news media, Dr. Shruti Kapoor founded her organization, Sayfty. Its goal is to educate and empower women and girls in India to protect themselves from violence. Sayfty aims to create awareness of the laws and legal rights regarding the issues of violence against women.
It also uses self-defense training, digital media, and storytelling to promote the unquestionable right of women to live their lives in safety.
Dr. Kapoor was named by Apolitical as one of the most influential people in global policy in 2019. The Indian Ministry of Women and Child Development in 2019 honored Dr. Kapoor as one of the “30 #WebWonderWomen“ who have been driving a positive agenda of social change via social media.
Dr. Kapoor earned a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California, Riverside, and has worked with International organizations such as The World Bank and UN Women. She has also served as an Adjunct Professor of Economics at Occidental College in Los Angeles, CA. 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.