Two Indian activists have been named among 20 finalists from across 53 member-countries for the Commonwealth Youth Awards 2018 for their work in the field of gender equality.
Mirnalini Dayal has been recognised for her work as a campaign leader for 'Health Over Stigma' and Yogesh Kumar as the founder of social enterprise 'Even Cargo'.
"The awards recognise outstanding young people aged 15 to 29 whose innovative projects and programmes have had a significant impact on their communities,"
Dayal has been shortlisted for her efforts to challenge the stigma associated with accessing sexual health services and create a safe haven for women to seek out reproductive health facilities in India.
Kumar's 'Even Cargo' enterprise promotes gender equality through the employment of women couriers, which has traditionally been seen as a male profession in India.
The 20 finalists this year span every region of the Commonwealth, including Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Americas, Europe, and the Pacific. They were shortlisted from more than 400 applications from across the globe.
The Regional Young Persons of the Year will receive 3,000 pounds, and the Commonwealth Young Person of the Year will pick up 5,000 pounds.