Fellows by Category

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By organizing female vendors to fight exploitation and realize their market potential, Sunita Bagal is creating employment and entrepreneurial opportunities for India's poorest women working in villages at places of worship, historical monuments, and fairs.

Organization: Doodhatolli Lok Vikash Sansthan

Sachidanand Bharati, a key Chipko activist and environmental crusader, is organizing women into groups of green police, the Mahila Mangal Dals, to create and manage "forests of water" in the drought hit Himalayas. His water management system combines traditional methods found throughout India with new, homegrown techniques and aims to halt the famine and degradation of forest lands in the...

Priscilla is working in the rural districts surrounding Madras to help develop effective leadership in the women's groups.

Organization: Nishtha

In rural India Mina Das is enabling women and their daughters to be self-sufficient by giving them the skills, confidence, and knowledge to take control of their lives and be leaders in their villages.

Organization: Swayam Shikshan Prayog

Prema Gopalan is empowering women to build bridges between facilitating policy at the government level and taking ownership at the local level. This work aims to put rural poor women at the center of decentralized, democratic, basic-service management.

Organization: RAHI Foundation

Anuja Gupta is providing middle- and upper-middle class women survivors of sexual child abuse with a forum for opening up about their experiences and reaching beyond the pain and trauma they have lived with for years. In doing so, Anuja is breaking the silence surrounding sexual child abuse and preventing future abuse of children.

Organization: Swayam

Anuradha Kapoor has developed a model volunteer-based program to combat violence against women with integrated support service and public education components.

Organization: Awaaz-e-Niswaan

Hasina Khan, an Indian Muslim who overcame her family's conservative views on women in society, has formed a powerful coalition to fight the discrimination against women that is perpetuated by Muslim Personal Law.

Organization: Vanangana

Madhavi Kukreja is taking the lowest rung in Uttar Pradesh’s feudal system—lower-caste, Dalit women—and turning them into respected and influential “instruments of development” for the entire village. Madhvi’s key insight is using the promise of development to force the higher castes, especially men, to acknowledge and respect these women, thereby completely changing the power dynamics in UP’s...

The traditional approach to tackle the problem of gender based discrimination has been to support women directly through various strategies of women’s empowerment, but Will believes that this strategy is incomplete as it fails to systematically engage adolescent boys and men, who he sees to be as critical stakeholders in the process of change.

Noorjehan is organizing Muslim women in India for the first time to collectively overcome sociocultural limitations that prevent them from exercising their citizenship. By using rights of women under personal laws as a reference point, she is creating a national platform for women to play a critical role in influencing their future.

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