Voices of Youth from Asia-Pacific

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At least 750 million of young persons live in Asia and the Pacific. Their active involvement, participation and voice is essential to achieve gender equality. UN Women’s Youth’s Voice is an open space for young people in the region to express themselves and contribute with their ideas and enthusiasm to build a fairer and more equitable world for all.

Isha Tophkhane poses in February 2020 at Rani Ki Vav, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Patan, Gujarat state in India. Photo courtesy of Rhea Shah

Isha Tophkhane, India

 Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Isha, a psychology graduate who lives in Pune. She is passionate about feminism and gender equality. She is planning to pursue a master’s degree in counseling psychology and then work to promote gender equality.Read more on her blog

Selanika Rosairo (right) poses with her mother in front of their store in Bandarawela village in Uva Province of Sri Lanka. Illustration: UN Women Sri Lanka/Natalie Soysa

Selanika, Sri Lanka

 Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Selanika, the founder of Curry Products, which makes packaged foods in Bandarawela village. Read more on her blog

Jenny Mei poses at her school in Shanghai, China, on Year 9 graduation day, on 17 June 2021. Photo courtesy of Angel Xia

Jenny Mei, China

 Saturday, July 10, 2021

Jenny, a Year 10 student at YK Pao School in Shanghai. She believes that writing is the best way to motivate and affect people, so looks forward of becoming a professional author. Read more on her blog

Anandita Mishra, photographed in in Bhopal in October 2020. Photo: Anushka Sachdev

Anandita Mishra, India

 Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Anandita, 25, a lawyer, temporarily based in Bhopal who took part in a campaign organized by the diversified conglomerate ITC Vivel to educate youths about their right to equality. Read more on her blog

Rima Sultana Rimu, 19, is a Bangladeshi activist living in Cox’s Bazar. Photo: Courtesy of Rima Sultana Rimu

Rima Sultana Rimu, Bangladesh

 Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Rima, 19, a Bangladeshi activist living in Cox’s Bazar, which hosts Rohingya in one of the world’s largest refugee settlements. Read more on her blog

Dia Yonzon (she/they), 25, is from Nepal.

Dia Yonzon, Nepal

 Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Dia Yonzon, 25, a UNV in Nepal who is advocating LGBTI rights toward Gender Equality. Read more on her/their blog

Soundarya, India

 Thursday, January 28, 2021

Soundarya, 20, lives in Venmankondan village, Ariyalur district, of Tamil Nadu state in southern India. Read more on her blog