Eight-year-old climate activist rejects Modi’s Women’s Day honour, asks him to listen to her voice

Eight-year-old climate activist Licypriya Kangujam on Friday refused to join Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s #SheInspiresUs campaign for International Women’s Day, asking him not to “celebrate” her if he was “not going to listen to her voice”. Kangujam, who hails from Manipur, has addressed world leaders on climate change and also staged a protest outside Parliament last year.

“Please don’t celebrate me if you are not going to listen my voice,” Kangujam told Modi in a tweet. “Thank you for selecting me amongst the inspiring women of the country under your initiative #SheInspiresUs. After thinking many times, I decided to turn down this honour.”

Kangujam’s tweet was a response to a post written by the government of India as part of its campaign to look for potential women for an exercise announced by Modi for International Women’s Day.…

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