Rida|UN SDGs Youth Advocate | STEMinist | GenZ Influencer, loves to brainstorm |Global Citizen | Social Service | Delhi NCR, India
1)THE BEST THING THAT HAPPENED TO YOU IN THE PAST 12 MONTHS?
The best thing that happened to me was getting honoured with Distinguished Student Award by New York Academy of Sciences @nyasciences which motivated me to advocate for STEM and Sustainable Development Goals which I've been pursuing. I also supported many social causes and collaborated globally and realised the potential of GEN Z, and now I'm working hard to empower them.
2) THE WORST THING THAT HAPPENED TO YOU IN THE PAST 12 MONTHS?
I faced setbacks and had to struggle with negative atmosphere and received non cooperative and demeaning behaviour. I was made to feel low and mocked for not following the standards of the patriarchal society and being a strong voice, but today it has made me stronger and has been a stepping stone to create the best version of myself!
3) YOUR BIGGEST WISH FOR THE NEAR FUTURE?
My biggest wish is equal representation of voices from all the stratas of society.
There should not be any discrimination based on differences. I wish everyone gets equal opportunities and support, that GenZ becomes a catalyst and that the world lends an ear to them as we are fighting global challenges and trying to make this world a better place to live in.
4) YOUR BIGGEST WORRY FOR THE NEAR FUTURE?
Development of the society taking a back seat due to misrepresentation and discrimination on the basis of caste, creed, sex, religion, sexual orientation etc. If we don't break glass ceilings and keep wearing the veil of ignorance, we will not be able to achieve a sustainable society or prosper in any parameter.
5) A CONTEMPORARY WOMAN YOU CURRENTLY ADMIRE?
I really admire each and every woman who's delivering her best and breaking the shackles set by the society.
One such inspirational woman is my mentor Ms.Nicole Bjorklund ( Assistant Director, Scientific Affairs at Alzheimer's Drug Discovery Foundation, New York City).
A mother of three wonderful children, she is the most hardworking woman I've ever met who manages her personal and professional life efficiently with a smile on her beautiful face. She has great resilience and a strong and positive aura which inspires me to grow up like her!
6) A ONE-SENTENCE MESSAGE TO OTHER WOMEN?
Never underestimate yourself!
Do not wait for anyone to build the future, take destiny in your hands and create the future!