Ishita Chaudhry is an Ashoka Fellow and the Founder and Managing Trustee of The YP Foundation (TYPF) in New Delhi. TYPF is a youth-led and -run nonprofit founded in 2002 that enables young people to create programs and influence policies in the areas of gender, sexuality, health, education, the arts and governance. TYPF has worked with more than 350,000 young people from 18 states across India to address young people’s health and human rights through community-based interventions that increase their access to information and services, with a key focus on advancing the leadership of young women and adolescents who are out of school.
Ms. Chaudhry is also a founding member of RESURJ (Realizing Sexual and Reproductive Justice), an international alliance of feminist activists seeking full implementation of international commitments to secure the sexual and reproductive health and rights of all women and young people by 2015. She serves on the Technical Resource Group for the National Adolescent Strategy on Health for the Ministry of Family Health and Welfare and UNFPA/India (2012-2013) and the Technical Advisory Committee of Asia Pacific Research for reviewing the status of school-based Comprehensive Sexuality Education for UNESCO, UNFPA and UNICEF (since 2013). She served as a member of UNESCO’s Global Advisory Group for Sexuality Education (2010-2012) and the civil society group that in 2009 developed the National Strategic Framework for HIV Prevention for India’s National AIDS Control Organization. She serves on the Advisory Board of the Hindi Edition of Reproductive Health Matters, Jagori’s Safe Delhi Initiative and the Board of Directors of CREA India.
She has developed programs for young people for UNAIDS, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, the Ford Foundation, the Development Communication Division of Doordarshan, the Government of Nagaland, UNDP and UNICEF in India.
Ms. Chaudhry is the recipient of the Change Looms Award for Social Entrepreneurship from the Ashoka Foundation (2009). She is also an INK Fellow (in association with TED), recipient of the Seen and Heard Award from British Telecom and the UK Youth Parliament (2008), the Karamveer Puruskaar – National Award for Social Justice and Action in India (2007) and is the first Indian youth to receive the Young Achiever’s award from the President of Nepal (2009). Ms. Chaudhry graduated with an Honours Degree in English Literature from Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi University.