Ashwini Angadi wins a UN education award

Ashwini Angadi, Young Voices member from India, speaking at the UN in New York

Ashwini Angadi, a Young Voices campaigner from India, received a ‘UN Youth Courage Award for Education’ on 12th July as part of the celebrations for Malala Day.

The award was presented to her at the UN in New York by Gordon Brown, who is currently the UN Special Envoy for Global Education. She was chosen for the award for showing exemplary leadership and perseverance in standing up for the right to education, often against some of the most adverse circumstances.

Born with a visual impairment, Ashwini was brought up in a poor rural community in India. She fought to get an education, and overcame the odds to graduate from Bangalore University with outstanding grades. She gave up an excellent job with an IT firm to work as a facilitator for Young Voices in India, and campaign for the rights of people with disabilities.