I’d first like to thank each one of you for being a part of this journey to make the world a better & more equitable place.
It’s a fight we’ve been fighting for ages and when I see incredible people using their voice & power for doing good in the world, it gives me hope.
My name is Chandana Hiran and I’m from India. I’m a 23-year-old change-maker and a feminist. I call myself a change-maker because that’s what I like to do – create positive change in the world around me.
For the last 3 years, I’ve been campaigning for Gender Equality. I started by calling out misogyny in Bollywood and how it normalises harassment & stalking through its movies. I reached out to thousands of people online for this cause and received 56,000 signatures on my petition.
It was a life-changing experience for me because I was starting to express myself and use my voice. It’s an opportunity most girls don’t get in the society I come from. We’re taught to be submissive, soft-spoken and to keep our needs below everyone else’s.
I was also made to believe that to be a “good girl” I was supposed to do as told and not aim higher than decided by society. I grew up to be reserved & under-confident, and for the longest time in my life believed that my opinions didn’t matter.
All of this changed when I met a community of people who supported & encouraged me to be bold & aim higher in life.
Since then, I’ve done multiple campaigns - #AllShadesAreLovely & #WhyWeNeedFeminism, and through this journey, I became a more confident version of myself.
And I think that’s what Audiopedia is also about – enabling girls around the world to be confident enough to seek & realise their potential by providing them with the resources & the community that can help flourish their growth.
When I started campaigning in 2019, my mission was to see young girls achieve their true potential. And I cannot think of a better way to do that than with Audiopedia.
I am so happy to be on this journey as Audiopedia’s Social Media Manager, and I look forward to creating change with this incredible platform!