26-year-old Suhani Jalota has given a reason for every Indian to be proud. Suhani Jalota has been nominated for the Global Citizen Prize.
Suhani & Her Exemplary Work
Suhani Jalota, who is a founder of the Myna Mahila Foundation, has extensively worked to provide menstrual health products to women in poverty-stricken areas. And in the quest to do so, she has also created livelihood opportunities for many women in Mumbai’s slum areas.
Currently, Suhani is completing her Ph.D. in Health Policy and Economics at Stanford University.
Suhani’s Great Achievement
Out of the three finalists to be nominated for the Global Citizen Prize: Cisco Youth Leadership Award 2020, she is the only Indian. This award tends to encourage young entrepreneurs who are working towards eradicating poverty. In addition to the recognition and award, the authorities also give away $2,50,000 to support the winner’s organization.
In 2015, Suhani founded the Myna Mahila Foundation to encourage women to discuss the issues that they are afraid to talk about. Through her foundation, she has not only provided menstrual products for thousands of women but also broke taboo surrounding periods by educating them.
In 2017, famous actress Meghan Markle also visited the NGO. She spoke about the taboo surrounding menstrual health. Meghan was so impressed by Suhani that she was also invited to the royal wedding to represent her organization, which the royal couple’s guests were requested to donate to, instead of bringing gifts to the wedding.
The Big Goal
Suhani through her foundation is aiming to extend menstrual health products and services to 2 million women by the end of 2025. This will drastically impact the depleting menstruation hygiene in India.
At IFORHER, we are in awe of Suhani and wish her luck for her nomination and her future endeavors. We hope her inspiring story will encourage many more to come forward to support the vulnerable segment of society.