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Women’s Rights in India

  • Yale School of Management, Beinecke Room 165 Whitney Ave. New Haven, CT (map)

Join us for a panel event with Yale World Fellow ElsaMarie D’Silva, alongside Tanya Sharma and Shruthi Basavaraj, to discuss how they’ve developed innovative ways to advance women’s rights and gender equality in India, and their perspectives on the future of innovation in India and around the globe.

ElsaMarie D’Silva is an Indian gender rights activist and the founder and CEO of Red Dot Foundation (Safecity), a tech platform that crowdsources incidents of sexual harassment through interactive mapping; it is now the largest crowd map on the issue in India, Kenya, Cameroon and Nepal.

Tanya Sharma developed a women’s empowerment index for Niti Aayog (formerly Planning Commission of India, the Indian government’s think tank) that measures the status and progress on the 36 Indian states and union territories on 24 indicators, facilitating discussions among key government stakeholders and conducting supporting quantitative analysis.

Shruthi Basavaraj worked at The YP Foundation, an Indian national nonprofit that advances adolescents and young women's access to reproductive and sexual health information and services, reaching 10,000 young women in low-income urban and rural settings through its bi-weekly sexuality education workshops that seek to empower young women to advocate for their rights within their communities and state governments.

This event is produced in partnership with the South Asian Club and is part of the Global Innovation Series, an exciting new partnership between Yale’s Maurice R. Greenberg World Fellows Program and the Tsai Center for Innovative Thinking at Yale (Tsai CITY), established by 2017 World Fellow and Tsai CITY Innovator in Residence Baljeet Sandhu. As part of the Knowledge Equity Initiative, the series involves a set of events and discussions hosted around Yale’s campus to explore and celebrate the innovative work of groundbreaking global changemakers across industries, geographies, and cultures. Each event is built in partnership with other centers across the university to connect World Fellows with the community and to encourage multidisciplinary debate and knowledge exchange.