Anya Thakur is an award-winning poet and UN Women advocate. As a champion for the increased visibility of minorities, she is spearheading the mission to elevate women and diverse voices. In Arianna Huffington’s Thrive Global and as an Arts & Entertainment journalist for LinkedIn, she celebrates and creates stories of impact and purpose.
She uses her platform to increase the visibility of women in media, having profiled a host of game-changers from Malala Yousafzai to UN Global Goodwill Ambassadors.
Her work has been nationally recognized by the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards and National Student Poets Program in Carnegie Hall and her poetry has won a National Gold Medal as the most outstanding in the nation.
She works closely with the United Nations, UN Women, We Movement and the Jane Goodall Foundation to build a better future and empower girls globally.
ShePower, a global organization she founded in partnership with MetoWe, hosts self-defense, and language and literature workshops to empower rural women in India such as in Delhi, Coimbatore, Mumbai, Manipur, and is active in the United States and Canada. She leads humanitarian efforts with Myna Mahila to create opportunities for women and girls. Her women's advocacy promotes UN Women's mission to empower women and eradicate inequality.
As an advocate for UN Women and the first Indian teen to launch a UN Women campaign, she is honored to be able to look up to luminaries like Emma Watson and Angelina Jolie, known for both their body of work and their activism, and create a lasting legacy for this generation.
Through championing women’s voices, Asian American representation and global change as among the nation’s youngest to be involved with the UN on a global level, she has found her voice and aspires to help every potential leader find their own.
Female, 16 years old
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