Abha Bhaiya is one of the founder members of Jagori, a feminist organization set up in 1984 in Delhi. She has been active in women’s movements in India for more than 30 years. She has been working on a range of issues including women’s social, political and economic rights; the status of single women’s rights to health, bodily integrity and well being; sex and sexualities; against militarization, fundamentalism; on food securities and livelihoods, and the increasing erosion of civil rights of the poorest.
Her major contribution has been in the field of feminist training methodologies, with extensive experience in conducting feminist trainings for multiple constituencies and in many different countries. Presently, she is coordinating a community-based project in one of the mountainous areas of North India.
Kamla Bhasin was born in 1946 and grew up in Rajasthan, India. She received a BA at Maharani's College in Jaipur and an MA in Economics at Rajasthan University. In addition, she studied Sociology of Development for four semesters at Muenster University in West Germany.From April 1970 to March 1971 Bhasin was a Lecturer in the Orientation Centre of the German Foundation for Developing Countries in Bad Honnef, West Germany. Then from 1972-1975 she was the Development Secretary of SevaMandir in Udaipur, India. SevaMandir is a non-government organization working with the poorer segments of the population in Rajasthan, India. While with SevaMandir, Bhasin worked directly with the rural poor (men & women) to organize agricultural, economic and educational activities for their upliftment. The main emphasis was on mobilising people for their own development. They started developing strategies for participatory development, popular education, women's empowerment, etc. In addition, they developed close contacts with other NGOs in India and became part of the NGO movement. During these four years Bhasin wrote extensively for newspapers on the rural realities and the impact of development programmes and policies on the rural poor.
Meenakshi F. Paul
Meenakshi F. Paul is Professor of English at the Himachal Pradesh University Centre for Evening Studies, Shimla. Blending her strong commitment to working for women’s rights with her creative faculties of poetry, story–telling and translation, she conducts workshops and trainings on gender sensitization, human rights, creative writing, and translation.
Dr. Jyoti Seth
Dr. Jyoti Seth is Head of the Department of Sociology, PG Govt. College for Girls, Sector 42, Chandigarh. She is a member of the Advisory Council, Coordinator of the Women’s Cell and Coordinator of the Committee on Sexual Harassment of the College, as well as member of the PCPNDT Cell of Chandigarh Administration. A member of the Advisory board of JRCT, Sanjh Jagori and an Executive member of Anandani, she has been volunteering time and expertise with Non-Profit Organizations for the cause of women and children. Backing her firm academic grounding with activism, she is a Gender Trainer and is actively involved in counselling, especially adolescents and victims of domestic violence.