2020 Community Hero
ABOUT THE Hero
Aditi Sivakumar is a medical student, philanthropist, and women’s rights advocate.
After witnessing first-hand the devastating impacts that gender-based violence can have, Aditi Sivakumar made it her mission to provide educational information and aid to women and girls facing violence in Canada and beyond through My Empowerment Platform.
Founded in 2018, My Empowerment Platform is an all-encompassing website that offers a wide range of tools and information on gender-based violence, including, but not limited to, legal, medical and safety-planning resources for at-risk women and children. It works as a vast digital portal, providing an extensive list of free resources on gender-based violence and more.
Some of Aditi’s initiatives with her organization include My Empowerment Packs, which are wellness kits and resource booklets for women facing violence and youth facing homelessness. She also created Everyday Essential Express, a national contactless free delivery service that provides basic necessities like groceries and hygiene products to domestic violence shelters. In addition, she started Survive and Soar, a website that provides local resources, such as pregnancy support and legal support, to women and youth facing homelessness and violence. In collaboration with Canada’s Walk of Fame, MLSE, Scotiabank and Duke of Edinburgh International Award, a monetary donation and wellness kits were provided to thirteen different charities selected by Aditi, one in each province and territory across Canada.
Through her initiatives, Aditi has provided over $20,000 worth of items to domestic violence and youth shelters all across Canada, and over $4,000 worth of My Empowerment Packs to women and children in need, and her web applications are being used by thousands across the country.