Senior Director of Grantmaking, Wikimedia Foundation
Who will read it? Who will live forever in this world? --Murasaki Shikibu
As an activist from India, I have worked nationally, regionally, and internationally, to support and strengthen women's human rights and social justice movements, and to amplify voices from the global South. I hold an M.Phil. in Development Studies from the University of Oxford, where I studied as a Rhodes Scholar. Most recently, I was the Regional Program Director for Asia and Oceania, at the Global Fund for Women, one of the world's largest grant-making organisations exclusively for women's human rights. In the past, I have led initiatives challenging violence against women and children, combating religious and cultural fundamentalisms, and supporting sexual and reproductive rights and women's health.
My attempts to combine activism and academia include the Association of Women's Rights in Development (AWID) publication - Defending Our Dreams: global feminist voices for a new generation (AWID and Zed Books, 2006) - arguably the first international anthology of young feminist analyses and experience.
I joined the Wikimedia Foundation in July 2012. As the first Senior Director of Grantmaking, I lead the grantmaking programs of the Foundation, including the staff support team for the recently constituted Funds Dissemination Committee. I am also responsible for ensuring effective evaluation frameworks for our grants, and learning from best practices across the Wikimedia movement.
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