Fighting for women


Nishtha Satyam from the Nottingham University Business School (NUBS)

A UNIVERSITY of Nottingham Malaysia (UNM) alumna has been making headways for women empowerment in India.

Nishtha Satyam (pic) from the Nottingham University Business School (NUBS), is currently working as the deputy country representative of UN Women, a United Nations entity working for the empowerment of women, based in New Delhi.

Nishtha has been involved in many campaigns including ones on women empowerment, women in leadership and human slavery.

However, the #ActAgainstAbuse campaign to address the rising cases of domestic violence during the lockdown with a top Indian women’s magazine is one of the more powerful initiatives that she has been involved in.

To get more visibility and further highlight the severity and magnitude of the violence, the campaign teamed up with songwriter Prasoon Joshi, who will create a poem on #IgnoreNoMore.

The poem highlights the many times that people have witnessed domestic violence and yet chose to remain silent. The poem also talks about the need for this passive behaviour to come to an end.

Popular Bollywood actresses Shabana Azmi, Radhika Apte, Sonakshi Sinha and Aditi Rao Hydari have also come on board to show their support for the cause.

NUBS director of research Dr Mohan V Avvari said Nishtha is a beacon of women leadership and empowerment.

“It is great to see our alumna achieving such great heights in their personal and professional development, ” added UNM provost and chief executive officer Prof Graham Kendall.

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