Rising Beyond the Ceiling - Under 30: Youth Leaders
Varisha Tariq, 25, is the Project Head at the Helping Hands, a Non-Governmental Organisation based in Lucknow Born and educated in Lucknow, she attended La Martiniere College. A graduate from Ashoka University she worked as a Resident Assistant and did two-year-long volunteer work with the Centre for Gender and Sexuality. As a Project Head of Helping Hand NGO she acts as an enabler to make government schemes more accessible to the economically and socially marginalized communities by creating awareness and aiding people in applying for schemes. She has been responsible for laying down company policies, mission, vision, making decisions on how the NGO will operate, hiring employees, deciding schemes, areas and schools to work with.
She also worked as an Associate Editor with the media start-up Xtraordinary Life. Her piece in the book People Called Lucknow was called "The Ever-evolving Anchor of Lucknow", which focused on bringing forth the rich cultural heritage present in Lucknow and how the city converses with the past, the present and the future. She has written several articles that revolve around deconstructing gender and patriarchy published in The Wire, Feminism in India, Hindustan time amongst several others.
She has also used the platform of browngirlgazin on Instagram to talk about body image issues. This has been covered by Scroll. in, Hindustan times, quartz magazine, Nari magazine and many others. Dove also used her pictures for an advertisement to promote body positivity. She has been an ambassador for healthy eating at Rostaa and has a line of clothing named after her at ExhaleLabel (also to promote healthy body image).