“I was exposed to so many pathbreaking concepts in politics, law and economics, taught by the best and brightest at Yale and beyond. I took a deep dive into the methodology of social science research, learning about endogeneity and the Randomised Control Trial. One of my most intriguing seminars was ‘The Economics of the Music Industry’ which allowed me a peek at the multiple economic agendas, technological innovations and changing customs that govern how music is created and disseminated. I also thoroughly enjoyed the lecture ‘Racism and the Social Contract;’ it allowed me to gain a philosophical perspective on an incisive political issue like racism.”
Violence against and abuse of children has always been an issue that I deeply resonate with, having witnessed it at close quarters. It was YYGS Connect, however, that gave me the push that I needed to do something concrete about it. I already had previous volunteer experience in the field, but it was at YYGS, after multiple conversations with my peers, that I realised that not only is child abuse prevalent (albeit in different forms) in cultures around the world, but very often, it is normalised through cultural norms and customs. It was with this realisation that I founded “Children against Child Abuse.” This platform functions under the three aims of Awareness, Advocacy and Outreach: awareness, by headlining the occurrences, forms and consequences of child abuse in various cultures; advocacy, through opinion pieces by health and legal experts underlining the necessary reforms, and outreach, by conducting workshops as well as publishing resource manuals to encourage widespread dissemination.
While it is still in its initial stages, what differentiates this initiative from others combatting child abuse is that it focuses on promoting the voices and opinions of children on this sensitive issues, not just in the capacity of victims, but also as commentators, thinkers, and change-makers. This organisation was founded by the desire to enact positive change in order to fight against child abuse, but also a belief that doing so requires the perspective of the most important stakeholders: children themselves.