Saksham Jha is a native of Ranchi, Jharkhand, who is pursuing his Master’s in Social Work form Jamia Millia Islamia University in New Delhi. Prior to that, he was pursuing his Bachelor’s in Sociology from the same university. He has been working on various issues of child rights, human trafficking and witch hunting in the tribal belts of Jharkhand. He has also been working with Bangladeshi migrants in the slums of Seemapuri in New Delhi, to understand how they are marginalized politically, socially and culturally. Sakcham loves paint, dance and travel.
Through this scholarship, Sakcham wants to understand how Aaganwadi Workers, who are the frontline workers within the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) in India, are affected by sexual harassment at workplace; how they respond to it and whether the redressal mechanism available under the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace Act, 2013 is accessible for them. Sakcham is conducting his research in slums of Seemapuri in New Delhi; through multiple interactions with Aaganwadi workers, government officials and civil society stakeholders in India, Sakcham is endeavouring to bring out how prevention and redressal mechanisms for sexual harassment at workplace can be made responsive towards government appointed frontline workers, who deliver door-to-door services.
Harshali hails from the district of Chandrapur in Maharashtra. She is pursuing her Master’s in Social Work from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. Prior to that, she completed her Bachelor’s in Science from Fergusson College in Pune. Harshali has been working extensively on issues of marginalization of Dalit women, sexual violence, women in governance and health education. For the past one year, she has been actively engaging with Resource and Support Centre for Development (RSCD) in Mumbai to work with Elected Women Representatives (EWRs) in the Panchyati Raj in Maharashtra. Harshali plays the guitar, loves to dance, swim and write.
As a part of this scholarship, Harshali is exploring the impact of sexual harassment on EWRs in the Panchayati Raj in the Chandrapur and Gadchirolli districts of Maharashtra. She is also endeavouring to understand how EWRs respond when faced with sexual harassment at workplace and whether they are able to access the redressal mechanism. Through her research, she is building evidence for advocacy for strengthening the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace Act, 2013 for EWRs in Maharashtra. She believes that for engendering grassroots governance, the issue of sexual harassment at workplace has to be prioritized and firmly dealt with.
Susai Antony Raj S
Susai Antony Raj S hails from the state of Tamil Nadu and is currently pursuing Master’s in Social Work from Christ University, Bengaluru. He completed his Bachelor’s in Social Work from St. Joseph's college, Bengaluru and his schooling in Tamil Nadu. He has previously interned with various non-profit organization in Bengaluru on issues related to trafficking of children and women, waste management and homelessness. As part of MFF-NAPSWI Scholarships, Susai is exploring the nature and types of sexual harassment at workplace faced by domestic workers in Gurgaon and Bengaluru. He also spent a month with MFF in February 2018 to support them with their work with informal sector women workers and interveiwed various domestic workers in Gurgaon for his research.
Abhilasha Bora hails from the district of Nagaon in Assam and is currently pursuing Master’s in Social Work from the Central University of Jammu, Jammu & Kashmir. In 2016, she completed her Bachelor’s in Zoology from State Cotton University, Guwahati. She has previously worked with Rotary Innerwheel Care Home for the Mentally Challenged Children and is passionate about working on the issue of trafficking of women and children for commercial sex work. She is also a keen photographer and loves to experiment with food. Abhilasha has been jointly awarded a MFF-NAPSWI Scholarship with Jaspreet Singh and they are researching on the efficacy of mechanisms currently instituted to provide redressal for sexual harassment at workplace at State University of Jammu (in Departments of Law and Sociology) and Government Medical College of Jammu.
A resident of Jammu, Jaspreet Singh is a student of Master’s in Social Work at the Central University of Jammu, Jammu & Kashmir. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Diploma in Computer Application. Jaspreet has previously interned with Sheroes Hangout in Lucknow and SoS Children’s Village in Jammu. He is keen to pursue a career in social research and academia and loves to travel. Jaspreet has been jointly awarded a MFF-NAPSWI Scholarship with Abhilasha Bora and they are researching on the efficacy of mechanisms currently instituted to provide redressal for sexual harassment at workplace at State University of Jammu (in Departments of Law and Sociology) and Government Medical College of Jammu.
Bristi Borgohain belongs to Sivasagar district of Assam. She is currently pursuing Master’s in Social Work from Dibrugarh University, Assam, after completing her Bachelor’s in Science (Nursing) from Guwahati University, Assam. She has previously interned with Goonj, Ashadeep, Socio Educational Welfare Association (SEWA), North Eastern Buddhist Cultural Association (NEBCA), Tengakhat Development Block and Seven Sisters Development Assistance (SeSTA). She also worked as a Clinical Instructor at Arya Nursing College for a year after her graduation. She has previously conducted a research on “Self Help Group as Means of Providing Holistic Empowerment to Women in Rural Areas: A Study Conducted under Tengakhat Development Block, Dibrugarh (2015-2016)”. Currently, as a MFF-NAPSWI Scholar, she is collecting data for her research on the impact of sexual harassment at workplace on the nurses working in private hospitals in Guwahati.
Simanta Mazumdar is currently pursuing Masters in Social Work (Community Organization and Development Practice) from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, after completing his Bachelor’s in Commerce from Guwahati University, Assam. He hails from Nagaon district of Assam. He is also interning with MAVA - Men against Violence and Abuse, an organisation working for humanizing men and boys to bring gender equality. With MAVA, Simanta has been conducting gender sensitization workshops in colleges in Mumbai. As part of his under-graduate curriculum, he conducted a study on the "Impact of the Anti -Smokeless Tobacco Bill upon the small vendors of Chandmari (Guwahati) Area". Currently, as a MFF-NAPSWI Scholar, he is collecting data for his research on the implementation of the Sexual harassment of Women at Workplace Act 2013 in the tea gardens of Assam.
Akhila Betsy George
Akhila Betsy George pursued Bachelor’s in History from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University and Master’s in Social Work (MSW) at College of Social Work, Nirmala Niketan, Mumbai University. During her Master’s she conducted participatory action research (PAR) on “Developing a Measurement Framework: Children’s Safety in the Slums of Nirankari Nagar, Govandi, Mumbai”. Her dissertation topic was “Empowerment of Women Employees in NGOs: An Exploratory Study in Mumbai”. She has previously worked with Save the Children International, Mahila Arthik Vikas Mahamandal (MAVIM), Mumbai and PRIA, the Society for Participatory Research in Asia, New Delhi. She is currently working with Cluster Innovation Center at Delhi University.
Navprabhat Singh completed his Bachelor’s in Social Work from Delhi University and pursued Master’s in Social Work from the Delhi School of Social Work (DSSW), Delhi University. He hails froms Tehri Garhwal district, Uttarakhand and has previous experience of working with the voluntary sector in Jharkhand (Abhivyakti Foundation in Giridh, Centre for Alternative Dalit Media (CADAM)), Assam (North East Research & Social Work Networking (NERSWN), Kokrajhar) and in Dehradun (People Science Institute).