Kirthi Jayakumar

Kirthi Jayakumar is an activist, artist, entrepreneur and writer from Chennai, India.

She created Saahas, an app for survivors of gender-based violence. She founded and runs The Gender Security Project, one of the few WPS centres in the global south, which works at the cusp of gender, security, peace, and conflict through research, reportage, and documentation. She also formerly founded and ran the Red Elephant Foundation, a civilian peacebuilding initiative that works for gender equality through storytelling, advocacy and digital interventions. Kirthi is a Vital Voices Engage Fellow, and a former Vital Voices Lead Fellow. She is currently pursuing her second MA in Peace and Conflict Studies as a Commonwealth Scholarship Awardee, in a blended learning course at Coventry University, UK.