Introducing Queen’s Young Leaders Trisha and Siva
Each week we are introducing you to the 2018 Queen’s Young Leaders, sharing their stories and celebrating the incredible work that they are doing in their communities. Take a look at last weeks post featuring Ahmad Fadillah Sellahhuddin from Brunei Darussalam, Aditya Kulkarni, and Deane De Menezes from India.
This week we are getting to know Trisha Shetty from India, and Siva Nagappan Visvesvaran from Malaysia
Trisha from India
Trisha works to promote gender equality. She is the founder of SheSays, a youth-led organisation that aims to end sexual violence and improve education, healthcare and sanitation, and inform public policy.
As part of their work, Trisha and her team of 20 provide resources for women, including access to legal, medical and psychological support, to enable them to take direct action against sexual abuse. To help combat child sexual abuse, Trisha also initiated the Agents of Change youth programme, which trains young people on crisis intervention, teaches them about gender based violence and equips them with skills to support their peers. She works with schools, colleges and workplaces to encourage them to listen to the views of young people about their policies. Since its inception in 2015, SheSays has worked with more than 150,000 people.
Siva from Malaysia
Siva develops new solutions to existing environmental problems. He has developed numerous innovations to improve everyday recycling including the Linear Water Storage system for his school, which enables rainwater to be stored in a fraction of the space usually required. Siva is currently studying electrical power engineering, and hopes it will allow him to deliver more sustainable and affordable sources of energy to developing countries.
In addition, he is the co-founder of a social enterprise called Project Paplet. The organisation set up a ‘Reuse Initiative’ which takes paper already used on one side and turns it into booklets. The booklets are donated to 50 refugee schools throughout Malaysia through the United Nations High Commission for Refugees. The group also provides toolkits to 11 other institutions globally explaining how to make the booklets and to empower people to create new products out of everyday rubbish. Since its launch in 2016, it has saved around 4.5 tonnes of paper.
“It’s such an honour to be chosen and be part of a community of young people who are making a huge difference in their communities. I can’t wait to learn from them all.”