Shweta Katti grew up and studied in Kamathipura, Asia’s most infamous red- light area, her entire life. In 2012, she joined Kranti, an NGO which empowers girls from Mumbai’s red– light areas to become agents of social change. Due to her work for marginalized girls and her community, Shweta was named a “25 – Under – 25 Women to Watch” by Newsweek in 2013. At 18, she received a full scholarship from Bard College, becoming the first girl from an Indian red –light area ever to study abroad.
In 2014, she was the recipient of many awards, including the UN Youth Courage Award for Education. She now plans to start a hybrid café/community centre in Mumbai that empowers sex workers and their children.