Netra Venkatesh

Netra Venkatesh receives the Diana Legacy Award

On 14 March 2024, the Diana Legacy Award was held at the London Science Museum where Netra Venkatesh, a 17-year-old student from the UAE who created a free education platform for girls, was honoured. The award, named in honour of the late Diana, Princess of Wales, is given every two years to 20 young activists who are making a difference to the lives of others.

Netra Venkatesh founded her organisation SpunkGo in July 2020 when she was just 14 years old, with the aim of using social media and the internet to empower young women. Now 17 years old, she has over 5000 young girls from over 20 countries and different walks of life registered on her platform. SpunkGo organises free webinars hosted by professional speakers.

SpunkGo focuses on bridging the gap between basic education and practical knowledge by offering programmes on mental health, communication, career guidance and more. With a wide range of speakers from different fields and backgrounds, Netra aimed to inspire and empower young girls between the ages of 16 and 25 to realise their dreams and overcome obstacles.

“I believe that education goes beyond academic learning. It is about equipping young girls with the necessary life skills. Communication skills, self-esteem and career guidance are vital aspects of empowerment,” Netra emphasised.

Netra admitted that it was her dream to receive the award from the hands of Princess Diana’s sons William and Harry. She also revealed that she will continue her university studies while working part-time as a marketing specialist. “I have big plans for the future. I want to study and work as a professional marketer while continuing to grow SpunkGo. I believe that expanding the team will bring fresh ideas and help us attract even more girls.”

Source: Khaleej Times

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