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Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Hauser Conference Room (Belfer Building, ground floor, room B-L-4)
Rajashree Ghosh, Scholar, WSRC, Brandeis University
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Rajashree Ghosh is a Resident Scholar at the Womens' Studies Research Center at Brandeis University. She has a Masters and an M.Phil degree in Sociology from Delhi University. Before assuming this position, Rajashree worked with the United Nations, bilateral aid agencies and liaised with government and non profits. As an accomplished social development professional she is particularly interested in programs that include women as not just beneficiaries but producers of development. She traveled to remote often times difficult terrains to evaluate programs for gender participation and inclusiveness in varied arenas such as health, environment, education, and small economies and so on. Her recommendations have contributed to furthering the cause of gender advancements in many corners of India. Rajashree's current project at WSRC stems from her combined field experience and policy.
As Resident Scholar at the Women's Studies Research Center at Brandeis, her in-depth knowledge of India provides contextual understanding of women and their participation in development. The specific aim of her project at WSRC is to explore Delhi, the capital of India as a cultural space with its gender inequities that plague its urban landscape and provide “an opportunity for urban justice.” Her focus is on the role of women in urban governance - especially in vulnerable communities. Along with partner organizations she works extensively on finding practical solutions to problems associated with urban renewal programs in India. To that end she strives to develop strategic partnerships with civil society organizations in the US and abroad that address basic needs of women as equal citizens of the urban habitat.
WSRC project is only an extension of her interest in gender issues in specific cultural contexts. She continues to maintain strong ties with her community and plans on a sustained global discourse on gender. She publishes regularly in South Asian journals and newsletters and contributes to a regular column in Boston.com - these make her feel connected to her own community in diaspora.