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Wide disparity exists in education and access to opportunities between girls and boys at school level. As a result over 65% of illetrate people in the world are women and only 30% research grants go to women.

In this TEDx talk this high school student argues that leaning-in in the classroom may be a solution when opporutnities are available.

Diva Sharma, high school student from Delhi, is a teen activist, orator and innovator.

She is an enthusiastic speaker for the cause of the representation of girls and women in Science and Governance. She delivered a talk at the United Nations Association of US’ Global Classrooms event held at United Nations HQ, New York City on women and governance.

With her love for animals and a willingness to turn her passion into action, she has developed a ‘Novel Monitoring Mechanism to Detect Distress in Animals – Collar System’. The idea was conceived by her when she was 15 when she realised that there is no definite technological stress-detecting mechanism for animals. Her project has received recognition from the President of India for innovation and shortlisted for the Intel Initiative for Research. She received an award to this end from the President of India in 2015.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at