Vithika Yadav is a human rights professional with over a decade of experience working on human trafficking, modern day slavery, sexual rights and gender rights.
Internationally recognized as an expert on survivor care and protection services, Vithika was awarded as one of the Top 99 under 33 Young Foreign Policy Leaders in the world by Diplomatic Courier and Young Professionals in Foreign Policy in the USA in 2012, and in 2016, she was recognized for being one of the top 120 under 40 next generation of Family Planning Leaders in the world. Over the years, she has worked for premier organizations such as UN Office on Drugs and Crime, BBC World Service Trust, Free the Slaves, and MTV EXIT. Vithika advises NGOs and INGOs about how to create rights-based programs of recovery through which women and girls can emerge from being victims to being human rights advocates.
Vithika’s latest project Love Matters is the first ever website in India to give complete, honest, and unbiased information on love, sex, and relationships in both Hindi and English. Operating under Radio Netherlands Worldwide, the website provides relatable culture-specific content that helps young people to make informed choices in order to have safer, healthier, and happier sex and relationships. In 2013, Love Matters won the prestigious ‘Award for Excellence & Innovation in Sexuality Education’ from the World Association for Sexual Health, and most recently, their intimate partner violence awareness campaign #BearNoMore won a Social Media For Empowerment Award.
Vithika took the time to share her work and how participating in Class 5 of the THNK Creative Leadership Program helped along her journey.