"Social Issues Cannot Be Fought in a Silo"
UN's Youth Leader Trisha Shetty thinks there is need of robust mechanism to implement policies
Trisha Shetty, the co-founder of SheSays in tête-à-tête with Entrepreneur India, says entrepreneurs operating in the current social environment need to be resilient to fight discrimination and injustice. Her belief is that the youth of India has this unique quality, and hence it is the youth who can steer social activism.
“If you look at the revolution around the world, it is the young people who are leading it and are demanding for change and accountability,” Shetty pointed out.
However, she thinks that Indian needs to do a lot of unlearning in terms of normalising crime against women. Applauding India's participation in the #MeToo campaign, she shares it was great to have so many Indian women along with gender of non-conformity and men speak up.
"It was good to see, India can be at the forefront of the conversation and we need to have more honest discussions about these issues," the entrepreneur added.
Talking about the problem industries in India, Shetty pleads that people need to stop pointing out a single industry. For her every industry is a problem industry, with no space, including the entertainment or corporate companies, religious or political institution and our homes, are safe for us.
Even though we have stringent laws in place, she thinks there is need of a robust mechanism to implement these policies.
SheSays, a Mumbai-based NGO, aims to fight gender-based discrimination and advance women's rights in India with the help of youth to lead the social change in the country.
Shetty counts herself among the youngest leaders working with the United Nations for sustainable development growth.
According to her, one cannot fight social issues in a silo with an idea of sustainable development. “One cannot work on gender equality space with that frame of work. So, we try to focus on areas like quality education, public safety and policy, mental and physical health along with sanitation," Shetty said.
To hear more from Trisha and her views about women empowerment watch the video above.
(Interview by Aashika Jain)