Saleha Khan (20), an advocate of Apnalaya’s health programme was invited to participate in an online forum, ‘We The Women’ curated by Barkha Dutt on 2nd December, 2019. The discussion was about Wellness and busting the myths around it, where Saleha spoke about her experience of working with women in an urban marginalised area.
“The area I live in, Govandi, is near Asia’s biggest dumping ground. The women here aren’t aware of what food is good for them which leads to multiple health problems. Through my training with Apnalaya, I am a change maker and volunteer in the community, responsible for training girls and youth in the community on health and life skills,” said Saleha.
A changemaker, Saleha received the Savitribai Phule Puruskar in 2016 and was nominated for International Peace Prize for Children. She was selected for attending the Ashoka Youth Venture Panel in April 2017 at Ashoka’s office in Bangalore. In 2018, she also participated in the panel supporting the rights of street children at St. Xavier’s college, jointly organised by Youth Ki Awaaz, an online platform and Save the Children India. In 2018, Saleha visited New York for the United Nations General Assembly where she met with Bill and Melinda Gates.