Dubai teen wins Diana Legacy Award

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Netra Venkatesh receives the Diana Legacy Award from Prince William in London. SUPPLIED

A teenager in Dubai has won the Diana Legacy Award for running a volunteer initiative aimed at helping educate underprivileged women.

Netra Venkatesh, 17, received the Diana Legacy Award from Prince William at a recent ceremony at the Science Museum in London. The teen said she was “shocked” to win the award after being nominated by someone she worked with.

Venkatesh, a student at Dubai International Academy, was only 14 when she established the SpunkGo organisation in 2020.

“This is an all-girl global student organisation and it’s run entirely by volunteers. We provide free life skill webinars to women aged 16 to 25 in rural and underdeveloped areas,” Venkatesh sad.

Since it was launched, more than 5,000 people from more than 20 countries have benefitted from SpunkGo. The platform has volunteers around the world and features female resource speakers.

Venkatesh said the Diana Legacy Award will help boost SpunkGo’s credibility and help its cause of empowering women in developing countries through education.

Meanwhile, the chief executive of the Diana Legacy Award said the young winner was a “fitting tribute and legacy to Diana”, the late princess. The award is now in its 25th year.

“These young people couldn’t be a more fitting tribute and legacy to Diana, the late Princess of Wales, and her belief that young people have the power to change the world,” Dr. Ojo said. ICA/Expat Media

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