- Akshay Kamath
United Nations: ECOSOC Youth Forum
Updated: Jun 17, 2019
Earlier this week, I was graciously given the opportunity to have my voice heard at the United Nations Headquarters for the 2019 ECOSOC Youth Forum. While I had the chance to present Nutrivide's mission to help end child malnutrition, I also had the great fortune of listening to the future leaders of the world. To keep this post (relatively) short, I'd like to present one takeaway from my peers that summarizes my experience. While it's been more than a month since International Women's Day, I'd like to bring back that spotlight and particularly thank women around the world for the incredible amount of work they've put in to start and propel movements that give children an access to education, in spite of the many obstacles on their paths. Suffering the consequences of unreasonable pay gaps, poor rights to education, no rights to land, costly hygiene supplies, and an overwhelming lack of decision-making power (even at home), women still serve as leaders in their local communities and overwhelmingly raise the future of this world. I sometimes feel like I get credit for doing a small part of the work these women have been doing for a long, long time. A huge thanks to Inga Rhonda King, President of the UN Economic and Social Council, as well as the organizers of the event, for giving me the rare opportunity.