February 14, 2017

Kamla Bhasin (born 24 April 1946) is an Indian developmental feminist activist, poet, author and social scientist. Bhasin's work, that spans across 35 years, focuses on gender, education, human development and the media. She lives in New Delhi, India. She is best known for her NGO, Sangat, which is a South Asian network of feminists, and her poem "Kyunki main ladki hoon, mujhe padhna hai" . In 1995, she recited a refurbished, feminist version of the popular poem Azadi (Freedom) in a conference. She is also the South Asia coordinator of One Billion Rising.

She left her job as a UN representative in 2002, to work on the network of South Asian feminists, that she built from the ground up. She believes in a form of advocacy that combines feminist theory and community action. She has worked with underprivileged women from farming, working or tribal communities, often using posters, plays and other non literary methods to get through to communities with low literacy rates. She has always mantained that in order to usher effective change, sloganeering must be accompanied by community mobilization.

Source: Wikipedia