Advocate Jayshree Satpute
Co-founder, NazdeekNew Delhi
Advocate Jayshree Satpute is a human rights lawyer and co-founder of Nazdeek, a legal empowerment organization committed to bringing access to justice closer to marginalized communities in India. She has been advocating for women’s rights in the Supreme Court and the High Courts. She also believes that strategic litigation should be accompanied with community-level action. Therefore, she has been building the capacities of the women in the communities so that they can fight for their own rights. Jayshree is leading change by making justice accessible for women.
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
Dalit Feminist ActivistPatna, Bihar
Advocate Savita Ali, a Dalit feminist activist and a lawyer, has been raising her voice against honour killings, Khap Panchayats and sexual violence against Dalit girls and women. A Dalit woman herself, Savita has also faced violence and discrimination, which motivated her to work for the rights of Dalit women. Campaigning from door to door, she has reached and mobilized countless Dalit women and girls in Haryana and Bihar and provided pro bono legal support to them. Savita is leading change by standing for the rights of the Dalit women from her community and foregrounding the crucial intersection of gender inequality with caste inequality.
Founder, Red Elephant FoundationChennai, Tamil Nadu
28 year old Kirthi Jayakumar is a women’s rights activist, a writer, an artist and a peace activist. Being a survivor of child sexual abuse, bullying and racism, she believes in the power of personal histories and has been curating many stories of women who have survived violence or are leading change in their communities. In 2013, she started The Red Elephant Foundation, civilian peace-building initiative that works for gender equality through storytelling, advocacy and digital interventions. Kirthi is leading change by foregrounding the stories of women who are unheard or never covered by the mainstream media.
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.
Ammachi Labs Research Center (Department in Amrita University)
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.