My Soul Sister

Aparna Nagesh
Posted January 2, 2020 from India

I first met Kirthi, when I was invited to participate in an event she was organizing. Her completely calm demeanor and soft spoken voice was the complete opposite of me and my voice. However as our association grew slowly over a period of a year via sporadic coffee/conversations, I discovered the mighty voice that Kirthi has. From championing gender equality, to fighting bullying and stigmatizing at the school level. From actively work shopping about child sexual abuse, safety norms and professional ethics. From creating an app that helps victims of gender based violence, to making her voice heard in all corners of the world, Kirthi is truly a change maker, who will possibly be known and remembered for centuries to come. She possesses that rare quality that makes one sure that, here is someone who is making history. 

Her commitment to the human rights dialogue takes many forms through technology, through writing, through drama and art. She is truly an activist who utilizes every single medium to create awareness, start dialogue and initiate change step by step.

She symbolizes sisterhood for me through her selfless nature in lifting her peers up, always being available for advice, shoulders and resources.

I am in awe of her strength and resilience and I can think of no one more suited to receiving this award. She truly is all of our sister.

I nominate Kirthi Jayakumar.

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Jan 02, 2020
Jan 02, 2020

Dear Aparna,
Thanks for the nomination of our dearest Kirthi. Sister Kirthi congratulations on your Nomination.
Hope you ladies take care and stay safe.

Karen QuiƱones-Axalan
Jan 02, 2020
Jan 02, 2020

Hello, Aparna,

Happy New Year! It is so thoughtful of you to write your first post as a nomination for Kirthi. Thank you for participating in the Spirit Awards!

Tamarack Verrall
Jan 02, 2020
Jan 02, 2020

Dear Aparna,
What a beautiful tribute to our amazing Kirthi. I loved reading from someone who has met her in person. I am in awe of her as well.

Jill Langhus
Jan 03, 2020
Jan 03, 2020

Hi Aparna,

Wow! Thanks so much for sharing your first inspiring post and nomination for our Dear Kirthi! It's lovely to know that our Dear Kirthi is just as lovely, if not more, in person, than on WP, if that's even possible:-) She is a force to be reckoned with!

Thanks again for sharing your Sisterhood nomination for Kirthi. I'm looking forward to seeing more stories from you and learning about your company and work, too!