Arushi grew up in a small town in Rajasthan, graduated as an engineer from IIT Delhi and her quest to understand herself and the world around led her to work in the development sector. In the past 6 years, she has examined and understood social systems and human behaviour, especially the ones connected to gender. Deeply passionate about human rights and human potential, she advocates for both as the co-founder at People for Parity. With keen curiosity, her mission in life is to dig deeper within herself and facilitate inwards journey for others. She is also exploring yoga, meditation and dance as means to connect with one’s inner spirit.
Aditya, 28, is a social entrepreneur working to challenge gender based violence and discrimination (GBV) through People for Parity Foundation (PfP). He has designed and facilitated fellowships, workshops and safe-spaces for over 1,000 young people aged 14-30 years on issues of gender, identity, facilitation, violence, personal healing, conflict resolution and communication, and worked as a resource person for Aga Khan Foundation, UNICEF and Pravah. He works intensively with young adults from diverse contexts on their transformation, personal development and healing. Aditya, by education, is a computer engineer from IIT Delhi and has, in the past, worked as a management consultant in the private education sector with The Parthenon Group and as a consultant of mobile technology for farmers in East Africa with TechnoServe.
Saud Hakim 30, hailing from Vadodara, is passionate about listening deeply, creating spaces of heart and vulnerability. He has participated and facilitated numerous gatherings/groups towards the same. In the last two years he has been exploring and learning to work through trauma through somatic and presence based self exploratory methods. He identifies himself as an Inner landscape Artist: experiential self exploration working with the heart, mind, body and spirit using eastern, western and intuitive approaches.
Shruti enjoys her gracefully evolving nomadic journey of life. Hailing from Pune, Shruti’s roots go back to Kerala and she has been closely working rural communities of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana for the past 4 years. Striving to practice “personal is political”, her political journey has been strongly influenced by the need to be the change in the world that she wishes to see. She feels a strong need for the presence of co- created communities among today’s rural and urban youth.Inspired by the Adivasi way of life – which embraces and celebrates all of nature, she is working with a youth led initiative called Rela, a platform that works with Adivasi communities in Andhra Pradesh towards sustainable social change. She has been part of the India Youth Jams since 2013 as a facilitator, organizer and is now exploring creating similar spaces in South India. A Fun loving foodie, she immensely enjoys spending time making handmade things and has a relatively less known hobby for collecting glass bottles. She takes her books very seriously but reads them occasionally. Presently, she is really excited about her inner journey from resistance to embracement.