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International Women’s day 2020: 8-year-old activist rejects PM Modi #SheInspiresUs honour

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 7 March 2020, 15:37 IST
8-year-old activist rejects PM Modi's honour

As Woman’s Day is around the corner PM Modi introduced #SheInspireUs campaign to honour women. Earlier this week PM Modi hit the headlines when he dropped a cryptic tweet on Twitter of giving up his account however soon he revealed that he plans to give his social media accounts to women whose work and life inspire everyone.

Following this on Friday, the government took to their Twitter to announce the name of a young Indian environment activist Licypriya Kangujam from Manipur, as one of the inspirations. They wrote, “@LicypriyaK is a child environmental activist from Manipur. In 2019, she was awarded a Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Children Award, a World Children Peace Prize, and an India Peace Prize. Isn't she inspiring? Do you know someone like her? Tell us, using #SheInspiresUs.”


However, the young activist turned down PM Modi’s honour of joining the #SheInspiresUs campaign. Taking to her Twitter handle she wrote, “Dear @narendramodi Ji, Please don’t celebrate me if you are not going to listen to my voice. Thank you for selecting me amongst the inspiring women of the country under your initiative #SheInspiresUs. After thinking many times, I decided to turn down this honour. 🙏🏻Jai Hind!”

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In another tweet, she wrote, “Government don't listen to my voice and today they selected me as one of the inspiring women of the country. Is it fair?”


Later, during an interview with Indian Express, she said that its an honour to attain recognition from the government but she could not see her demand to curd climate change fall on the deaf ears. She further continued that it is a good initiative but considering the crimes against the women and children she doesn't think that it can solve anything. For her its like applying a fairness cream on our face which no longer stays once we clean ourself.

Licypriya Kangujam who has often referred to as Greta of India has addressed world leaders in Mongolia at a UN event on 4th July 2018. She then started ‘The Child Movement’ to call on the world leaders to take immediate climate action.

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First published: 7 March 2020, 15:37 IST