Award Name: Iconic Women Creating a Better World for All
Yogita Bayana quit a successful career at Kingfisher Airlines in 2007 to pursue her passion in social development and justice. After completing a Masters Degree in Disaster Management, she has been working dedicatedly for various causes including social development, women empowerment, gender sensitization, and sexual harassment on women and children. She founded and ran night shelters for 200 people in Delhi and supported many rape survivors successfully launching various innovative social programs. She has been a leading member of various expert panels and bodies including Interviewing Anganwadi Workers Across Delhi & NCR, Expert Committee on Gender and Education National Commission for Women (se received 2012 Award for Contribution to Society), Rogi Kalyan Samiti Govt. of Delhi and Sexual Harassment Board of Delhi. Yogita initiated and spearheaded the protest and campaign to change the juvenile justice law age limit for rapists from 1 to 16 following the Nirbhaya rape and murder. She managed to convince Nirbhaya’s mother and family to join the cause which gave the campaign national prominence and media coverage. The Rajya Sabha passed the bill in 2016. Yogita’s vision is to bring about overall reforms in India for the underprivileged, particularly women and children, which seems to be getting worse from day to day.