Puja uses her passion for developing girls’ leadership capabilities to support the fund’s grantee partners in making gender equality a reality.
Puja is a gender, development, and women’s rights consultant from Mumbai, India. Puja has spent her career focusing on women’s and children’s rights in the evolving context of development and social justice. She has worked with various organizations in grantmaking, monitoring, evaluation, learning and capacity development of partner organizations.
As a consultant, Puja has facilitated training and strongly focused on a rights-based, feminist approach to planning, monitoring, evaluation, and learning. Puja is deeply committed to ending violence against women, advocating for women’s and girls’ leadership, and promoting the rights of women and girls from marginalized and disadvantaged communities.
She is keenly interested in the intersection of caste, class, religion, and sexual identity with issues of gender equality, power relations, and social justice. Puja has published articles and contributed chapters on sexual harassment, socially sanctioned gender-based violence, and sexual and reproductive health and rights to numerous publications.
Puja holds a MA in social work from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, as well as a BA from Loreto College, Calcutta.