Commander Pritika Sharma
Indian Navy OfficerMumbai, Maharashtra
Commander Pritika Sharma is an Indian Navy Officer, who has been working towards making Indian Navy a gender-inclusive workplace. She has spearheaded a long drawn legal battle, currently in the Supreme Court, for implementing a uniform exit policy for male and female naval officers. She is also an educator and a trainer in the Navy, where she has designed a gender syllabus for the institution and undertaken more than 1000 gender sensitization sessions for both male and female navy officers. Cdr. Pritika has also been counselling and supporting her colleagues if they face sexism at the workplace. She is leading change by making her workplace a gender sensitive workplace.
Advocate Savita Ali
Savita Ali: She is a dalit feminist activist based in Patna and works on the rights of the dalit women. She is herself a dalit, and her own experience has led her to work on the issue of rights of dalit women. Her work extends in Bihar, Haryana, Punjab, Rajasthan and Orrisa. She has organised community level awareness programmes for Dalit women and run community based legal clinics. She want to further work on promoting a platform for paid domestic workers in Bihar.
Kirti Jaykumar: She is based out of Chennai and has been working for the past 6 years with men and women on gender equality. She has founded Red Elephant Foundation which is a youth-led civilian peacebuilding initiative that works for gender equality and peace through storytelling, art advocacy, tech-for-good and digital media engagement. She works with both men and women. She wants to further do workshops in public and private schools in India, for inclusion of gender equality and peace education in classrooms and build mobile-app based platforms to help educate parents and teachers on gender equality, bullying, racism and other forms of abuse.
Rakhi Gope: is a community level activist in Falakata-Siliguri, she has been working in the development sector for more than 11 years. She has been tirelessly working on issues such as reducing child marriage, HIV/AIDS and human trafficking by spreading awareness among the community, creating a safe space and bridging the gap between the community and stakeholders. She is proactive in empowering young girls and boys, as well as she is a member in the local committee for the prevention of sexual harassment of women at workplace.
Jayshree Satpute: She is a human rights lawyer based in Delhi and she tries to empower the adivasi and urban poor through rights based education. She has been working for the last 15 years on this issue and has founded the organisation ‘Nazdeek’ which is a legal empowerment organization committed to bringing access to justice closer to marginalized communities in India She has built the capacities of women para-legals in the community and encourages other lawyers to take up pro-bono cases. She has also worked with both men and women on rights based education. In the future she wants to further work on clinical legal education in law schools and empower women to use technology to bring the information on schemes closer and accessible to women.
Care India Solutions for Sustainable Development
Comprehensive Programmes on Gender, Health, Education and LivelihoodNoida, Uttar Pradesh
CARE India has been working for the last 65 years for the empowerment of women and girls in marginalized communities, through its programmes on health, education and livelihood. Working in 14 states in India, with 2000 employees, CARE is ensuring gender equality both within and outside its workplace.
CARE’s management dashboard monitors gender diversity within its staff. It has implemented various affirmative policies to ensure a gender sensitive and a gender equal workplace and is currently working towards making all its programmes gender transformative. CARE India is leading change by being a fair and a just employer to women.
Durbar Mahilla Samawaya Committee
Sex Workers’ CollectiveKolkata, West Bengal
Durbar Mahila Samanwaya Committee (DMSC) is a collective of 65,000 female, male and transgender sex workers in the red light area of Songachi, Kolkata, West Bengal. It works for the rights of the sex workers and is also run and led by sex workers.
DMSC prevents exploitative practices within sex work, by making aware sex workers of their rights, stopping the entry of minor and trafficked persons within the trade and by ensuring quality education and livelihood for the children of the sex workers. For DMSC, the key to ensure a lasting change is by working with the sex workers, for their rights, by mobilizing and unionizing them.
Mahilla Rajsatta Andolan
Campaign to Strengthen Women’s Participation in Local GovernanceNavi Mumbai, Maharashtra
Mahila Rajsatta Andolan strengthens women’s participation in Panchayti Raj Institutions (PRIs). Evolved in March 2000 in Maharashtra, MRA is run and lead by elected women PRI members, with the motto of “Vote Hamara, Raj Hamara” (Our Vote, Our Governance).
MRA has increased women’s participation in local governance by facilitating regular mahila gram sabhas, advocating for women centered policies at the panchayat level and by training and educating women PRI members about their rights and duties. MRA is leading change by engendering governance and developing community level women’s leadership.
Technological Solutions for the Empowerment of Rural WomenVallikavu, Kerala
Ammachi Labs Research Center has been innovating technological solutions that are “inclusive and non-disruptive” to empower and better the lives of rural women. They undertake livelihood and life skills training of women, which trains them for “non-traditional jobs”, i.e., jobs not traditionally done by women, such as plumbers, electricians, masons, etc.
Ammachi Labs not just employs people from varied social and educational backgrounds, but also different sexualities. Currently, 60% of its employees are women, who are encouraged to undertake research. It provides an enabling workplace for all its employees (especially women) and is leading change by eliminating gender-based discrimination at the workplace.