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"I am a learner and a seeker, always looking for opportunities to work in a challenging environment and grow along with others and not at their cost. I believe in service, something beyond and bigger than self and look forward to clubbing my purpose of life- social work and my Security Studies degree to work on aspects of human security through social work."
Sanjoli Banerjee, 22, is a full-time social activist, a graduate in International Security Studies from the Australian National University (ANU) Canberra, recipient of various awards including the International Unsung Hero Award, ANU+ Award, People's Choice Award from Lions Club International, ANU Merit Scholarship Award, Chief Minister Award, and has been a guest speaker at various organisations including Global Peace Convention, Delhi University, CHRIST University Roundtable, National Knit India, ANU Chancellor's Scholarship event, JCI, GEMS International School, St. Theresa's Convent School, and YMCA and a delegate at international conferences such as Harvard Project, Asia Pacific Conference etc. She has been active in student politics in Australia, interned with various organisations across three countries, currently the Director of SARTHI (NGO) and has been one of the youngest social activists in India. She recently received the highest international accolade and the most prestigious youth award, The Diana Award from the UK after Princess Diana; and the Young Global Changemakers Award from the Germany Secretariat, becoming the only Indian among 17 awardees globally, and the United Nations V Award from UNDP and Ministry of Youth Affairs, Gov of India for her social action.
Since the age of five, Sanjoli has protested against female foeticide, written letter to PM Modi outlining suggestions to curb female foeticide, went on a 4,500 km road expedition at age 10, with the message ‘Save Daughters, Save Earth’, made a documentary film ‘Earth in Flames’, planted more than 450 trees across North India, and currently leads over 180 volunteers and a team of 10 team leaders. She is also the Founder of a free mobile school 'Sushiksha' and has initiated 'Project Buland' and co-initiated the Mental Health Project at SARTHI. She has made India proud globally on several occasions, especially when she became a Member of Parliament at the Australian Parliament for a day and met Prime Minister Scott Morrison. Sanjoli also hosts a chat show 'Perspectives'.