- Age: 20
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Right now, it's more important than ever to empower the youth to become advocates of gender equality. The reason why I work with them is because they unapologetically take a stand for what they believe in and, at the same time, help others do the same.
- Linda Vinod
Linda Vinod was born and raised in India. She received an Indian School Certificate from Hiranandani Foundation School in 2019. Linda is Founder of SoulConnect and Social Media Manager at She For Change.
What ignited your pursuit for gender equality?
I grew up in a highly conservative family and, for as long as I remember, had to fight for things such as pursuing my dreams instead of my family's dream. It took me 16 years to realize that I can't let the world tell me how I should live my life as a womxn. This led me to my dream of ensuring that not another womxn goes even a second feeling enslaved for being one. Part of making that dream come true was including men in the process.
Please share your biggest wins as an advocate for gender equality.
Right after one of my classes on gender equality, one of my students came up to me and said that after attending six classes of mine, she did something she's incredibly proud of. I was puzzled. What she said next brought tears to my eyes. She was once sexually assaulted by one of her family members. Due to embarrassment and fear, she had never reported or even shared it with anyone. But after being a part of my class and participating in the discussion around sexual assault and trauma, she mustered the courage to tell her parents about what had happened. Thankfully, her parents understood and commended her for making the right choice of telling them even though they wished she would've told them earlier. They took her right to the police. In the very moment I learned about this, I knew that I had empowered one little girl to do the right thing and I was oh-so proud of her. The fact that one of my students went and reported a case is a milestone for me.
Outside of your gender equality advocacy work, what do you enjoy doing?
I love performing poetry, watching Buzzfeed Unsolved, and organizing events where attendees can strengthen their connection with themselves and others.
- English (Advanced/Native)
- Hindi (Intermediate)
- meaningful youth engagement,
- gender-responsive education
- role of parents in teaching gender equality
Past Awards, Certifications, or Fellowships:
- Understanding Gender Inequality Course from University of Exeter on FutureLearn
- ender Representation in the Media Course from University of Strathclyde Glasgow on FutureLearn