Divya, an Economics graduate from Mumbai has worked for 3 years with NGO Andhakshi, and was also a part of a delegation that participated in the Indian Leadership Exchange Program at the Stern School of Business in New York University. Divya now hopes to translate her theoretical vigour into reality and aims to work with International Policy research organizations in the future.
Study and Documentation of Pastoral Lifestyle in Banni with special emphasis on women
Organization Name: Sahajeevan
The Beginnings: The intervention started as a research on the role of women of Banni, caste wise, class wise and their issues of living in rigid patriarchal society.
Journey: Divya went on to prepare the research design, interact with the Banni women and carry out data collection in the community. She collected data from across 90 villages in 5-6 talukas of Kachchh. She created case studies and reports on the study undertaken, measuring the importance of livelihood and the status of women. She conducted constant community interactions with the women by attending and organising community meetings and going for field visits.
Milestone Achieved: The Banni Breeder’s Association used Divya’s research for land entitlements under the Forest Rights Act, for the community to be able to continue their pastoral lifestyle.
Adolescent girls Health and Nutrition support project
Organization Name: Mamta Samajik Sanstha
Beginning: Divya joined as a trainer in trainers’ team and proceeded to impart training on various aspects of women development such as gender issues, health, micro finance etc. She began her work with conducting baseline study about health issues in across five villages with adolescent girls through school awareness campaigns.
Journey: She went ahead and began to raise awareness among women on importance of nutritional diet. She conducted regular community visits to gather information on the health situation in the region. Further, she organised health camps to create awareness about the dangers of anaemia for 700 adolescent girls.
Milestone: Divya developed and supervised the establishment of learning centres, which provided 1100 girls from 35 villages, quality primary education free of cost.