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Dr Abhijit Das is a public health physician with over thirty years’ experience in reproductive health, gender, human rights, and health governance-related issues. He is a global pioneer in involving men for gender equality. He has many papers in academic and popular publications and is invited as a speaker on diverse platforms. He is also a Clinical Associate Professor, at the University of Washington, Seattle, the USA, and Global Convenor of COPASAH (Community of Practitioners in Accountability and Social Action in Health). He serves as Advisor to various research centres and policy-making bodies in India and across the world.
Dr Bijayalaxmi Nanda is an academician and a gender specialist. She has written extensively on gender issues. She has assisted various State Governments in drafting policy related to women and the girl child. As a policy analyst, she has extensively analysed the public policies relating to family planning, human trafficking, Conditional Cash Transfers for the girl child, housing for women, etc. Also, she has provided technical assistance on gender issues to UNFPA, UNDP, WHO and UNIFEM, apart from a score of Non-Government Organizations in India. She has a PhD from Jawaharlal University.
Basavi Kiro, Founder, Torang Trust, Ex-Member, Jharkhand State Commission for Women, General Secretary, Hodopathy Ethno Medicine Doctor’s Association of India (HEDAN), and Coordinator, Indigenous Women India Network(I WIN) Basavi Kiro is a journalist turned social activist and writer. She is founder of Torang Trust, an organization dedicated to preserving and revitalizing tribal medicine and culture while promoting gender equity and human rights. She is a staunch advocate of tribal agenda and cultural rights and a powerful representative for Jharkhand’s tribal women. She has a PhD in Political Science from Ranchi University.
Enakshi Ganguly is a human rights activist and has been a spokesperson and advocate for the poor and the marginalised for over three and a half decades. She is a writer, researcher writing on a range of issues. Beginning with her career from Indian Social Institute in 1985, she has been the Deputy Director om Multiple Action Research Group (MARG). After brief stints in Mobile Creches and Population Council, she Co-Founded HAQ: Centre for Child Rights in 1998. Having transitioned from HAQ as full-time Co-Director, she remains an advisor and is now a freelance Consultant. She is the President of Society for Rural, Urban Tribal Initiatives (SRUTI) and on the board of The Gender Centre of the Lal Bahadur Shastri Academy for Administration (LBSNAA) and National Centre for Advocacy Studies (NCAS).
Nasiruddin Haidar Khan is well known Journalist, Researcher, and Grassroot Communicator with special interest on Digital Media, Gender Justice, Masculinity, Social Justice, and Design. He has earlier worked with the Hindustan as Resident Editor of Delhi and Agra and Digital Editor/ Head of livelindustan.org He was also awarded the Fellowship Leadership Development (FLD) by the MacArthur Foundation.
Anchita Ghatak has worked in the development sector for three decades on issues of poverty and rights especially women’s rights and gender equality. She founded Parichiti to work for the rights of women domestic workers. Through Kolkata Initiatives, she works to promote local philanthropy and establish the rights of deprived sections of society, especially the rights of elderly women.
Dr E. Premdas Pinto is a Human Rights lawyer and public health pracademic, engaged in processes and social justice issues of the marginalized communities in India for the last 25 years. His praxis in the field of human rights, social justice, and public health includes engaged with the dam displaced tribals, Dalit women in Karnataka, and several social movements that directly and indirectly engage with the issue of wellbeing, dignity, and justice. His academic journey includes scholarship from eminent institutions – masters in social sciences from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, bachelors and masters law studies in Karnataka followed by human rights diploma from the National Law School of India University, Bengaluru and a doctorate on public health and law from Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi. Currently, he is a Senior Fellow – Policy and Research at CHSJ, Delhi and anchors People’s Forum for Justice and Health as its Convener.
Deepak Balan leads the Fund Development and Strategic Communications for the Centre for Health and Social Justice. Before joining CHSJ Deepak has spent 12 years in Development sector working for organizations like Transport Foundation of India, Population Health Services India, NEG-FIRE and SOS Children Villages of India. His professional skills include raising resources including writing grants, researching foundations and corporations, developing strong donor relations for both annual fundraising and capital campaigns and implementing new fundraising strategies. He enjoys travelling, music and reading.
She leads the SEHER- (a unit of CHSJ) aiming for women’s better health and rights. She is an MA in Social Work. For about two decades now, she has been working on women’s health rights with a framework of social inclusion and equity in health. She is an active member of health rights networks working with socially excluded and marginalized communities especially women. She is engaged in grounded bottom-up advocacy and social accountability in health and facilitating the process in multiple states of India.
He has been working on social justice issues for more than 35 years and on the issue of gender equality, masculinity, sexuality, and gender-based violence for 20 years. He is a Founder Member of the alliance on Men and gender equality MASVAW. He is a part of SAHAYOG, SUTRA, and FEM.
Ajay is Managing Financial Operations in the Centre for Health and Social Justice since 2010. He is a commerce graduate and has 12-year experience in Finance and accounting.
Tulsi is working with Centre for Health and Social Justice for more than 10 years and holds the degree of B.COM. She is working as Administrative Officer and is responsible for the supervision of the work and ensures the smooth functioning of the routine office work. She has now promoted to Finance Department and working as Account and Administrative Officer.
Associated with Civil Society Organisations and media for more than two decades and actively involved in providing communication support in capacitating state level women’s groups and grassroots organizations in areas such as strategic planning and communication, networking and constructive engagement with different stakeholders including media. Over the last ten years his major area of focus has been to amplify the voice of communities most-at-risk and marginalized like people living with HIV, women in sex work, injecting drug users and urban poor through films, various social and behaviour change communication instruments and other digital platforms.
Rimjhim Jain is a women’s rights activist and gender justice practitioner providing strategic leadership to the men and gender unit of CHSJ. She has experience in developing and leading gender-transformative campaigns and programmes in many states in the country. She has contributed to developing a knowledge resource centre on gender, masculinities and social justice issues for strengthening a community of men’s work practitioners. She has published on gender and related topics. Earlier, she was a media professional doing reporting in national television and print news outlets and then worked as a communications consultant in the development sector for influencing action on a wide variety of social issues. She has studied English literature, mass communications and women’s and gender studies.
Leila Caleb Varkey is an experienced public health researcher with over 25 years’ experience in programme implementation and operations research . Her areas of interest include Policy Analysis, Program Evaluation, Human Resources in Health, Capacity Building, and Civil Society coalition building. Leila has a Doctor of Science degree from Johns Hopkins focused on Maternal and Child Health from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
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