Sexual and Reproductive Health
Violations of women’s sexual and reproductive health rights are frequent and take many forms including denial of access to services that are essential to maintain the health of women. Subjecting women’s access of services ‐ often of poor quality services ‐ to third party authorization are also common occurrences, as are performances of procedures like forced sterilization, virginity examinations, and abortions without the woman’s consent.
This Project will also lay the foundation for the implementation of other Udaan projects, as we believe that it is only with a thorough understanding of the problem and its implications that we will be able to garner the complete support and participation of beneficiaries.
The objective of Project Jaagrathi is to:
- Provide access to information, knowledge and counselling services to help ensure the health and well‐being of women and their families, including advice on family planning.
- Advocate good health practises through campaigns
- Ensure that the obligation of states to take deliberate, concrete, and targeted steps towards fulfilling the right to health in the context of pregnancy and childbirth are met
- Remove barriers to and providing access to health services and promoting community health
- Collaborate with our partners to ensure that reproductive rights and SRH are given increased priority in policies, planning and budget allocations in Health and other relevant sectors.
Professor Ramaswamy Sudarshan has been the Dean of the Jindal School of Government and Public Policy since its founding in August 2012. Prior to his current appointment he was the UNDP Policy Advisor for Governance, Human Rights, Rule of Law, Justice, and Legal Reforms, based in Bangkok. He has 28 years’ work experience in the United Nations Development Programme and the Ford Foundation. Dean Sudarshan has had distinguished careers the domains of research, development programme design and implementation, and governance. He was a Rhodes Scholar at Balliol College, University of Oxford, where he obtained his M.Phil. (Politics). He was also a Research Fellow at the St. John’s College, University of Cambridge, for six years, where he carried out research on issues relating to law and public policy, specifically on how judges understand economics, in cases related to economic legislation in the Supreme Court of India. He holds a Master’s degree in economics from the Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi. He has an impressive track record of publications comprising books, articles, and UN policy reports.
RUPINDER KAUR BHALLAFounder‐ Director
MA ‐ Jindal School of International Affairs, Jindal Global University
Past: Polish Institute, Embassy of Republic of Poland
Born in a patriarchal society, I got unwavering support of my parents since childhood to become independent in all aspects of my life, thus empowering me. I dreamed if I could one day open the closed doors for fellow lesser fortunate women. Udaan is thus born out of my passion to fulfil this dream.
I truly believe in our mission of creating a gender‐just equitable society by ensuring that women's political, socio‐economic rights are met at all levels in society. I feel, we will progress globally, if our women progress.
I followed my passion, left my dad’s business, and as a visiting scholar at SPEA, Indiana University, USA, got training in Non‐ Profit Leadership and Management and Civil Society. I worked with the Institute of Public Affairs, Warsaw, Poland on the project of Political Empowerment of Women under the mentorship of Open Society Foundation. I am an avid traveller, a foodie and an ardent conversationalist‐ that’s me for you.
ANANDITA JUMDEProgram Manager
MA ‐ Jindal School of International Affairs, Jindal Global Univeristy
Growing up in a patriarchal society, it became evident quite early on that women and men are expected to live by different sets of rules. These rules translate into pre‐defined roles, a source of never‐ending dos and don'ts that manifest themselves in innocuous ways in childhood, but take on a more serious role in adult life.
While I have ‐ at times ‐ been at the receiving end of such narrow‐minded thinking, I have witnessed with far greater regularity its damaging effects on those around me, often those who don't have the means or the will to fight back. Confidences shared by a friend, gossip retold by others, incidents recounted in gory detail in the news ‐ all served as catalysts to push me to work towards a more gender‐just and equitable society. They not only shaped me to be the individual I am today, but also played a role in the choices I made with regard to my education and career.
Given the all‐pervasive nature of patriarchy, I believe that Udaan's multi‐faceted approach to the issue of women's empowerment is a step in the right direction and one that I am glad to be a part of.
Since my undergraduate days at University of Delhi, being a passionate youth activist, I have been profoundly involved in campaigns concerning Youth developmental issues and as a visiting scholar to SPEA, Indiana University involved with Non‐profit work.
In 2013, I represented Indian Youth fraternity at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, to discuss and deliberate on the theme of “Youth and Social Inclusion: Civic Engagement, Dialogue and Skills Development”. The recommendations drafted by my team for the global youth fraternity were unanimously adopted by the world leaders.
I was also selected for the Commonwealth Youth Leadership Programme 2014, in Scotland. As a young commonwealth leader, I got the opportunity to meet and discuss on topics of global concern with Scottish ministers, parliamentarians and leaders from civic society. I was also involved in creating projects about involving youth on a practical level in taking positive steps towards low‐ carbon economies, for benefiting the environment and young people personally.
In 2014, I had the honor of being selected as one of the members of the Indian Youth Delegation to China for a formal visit led by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India.
Fundraising Strategy Advisor
Jeremy is the Founding Director of the Jindal Centre for Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship (JSiE). JSiE strengthens the capacity of individuals and organizations to develop innovative solutions to complex social and environmental problems. Jeremy started his career at the United States Department of the Treasury where he helped supervise a portfolio of financial institutions in the aftermath of the Global Financial Crisis from 2008‐2012. In the role of Associate National Bank Examiner, Jeremy participated in 73 supervisory examinations of 30 different financial institutions throughout the United States.
Following Jeremy’s stint at at the US Department of Treasury, he pursued a range of global experiences. These included a role in investment banking in Beijing, China and two research projects with the U.S. State Department’s Office of eDiplomacy VSFS program. These projects included working with the Foreign Service Institute’s international economics program and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)’s Office of Global Climate Change. Previously, Jeremy has also held a leadership position on the steering committee at Slow Money, an NGO based in San Francisco for one year. Jeremy was awarded the Wall Street Journal Award for Academic Achievement in Finance and the Outstanding Male Senior Finance Student, Kelce School of Business in 2008. Jeremy is a Clinton Foundation 20/30 Founding Member and is active in helping build the social enterprise ecosystem in North India.
ALEKSANDRA NIZYNSKAGender Equality Strategy Advisor
AMIT LAHIRICSR Strategy Advisor
Amit is designated as a full Professor at the School of Business, Centennial College‐ Canada’s first Applied Arts & Technology College. He has been teaching and conducting applied research projects for fifteen years. Prior to his academic career, he worked in the dynamic medical biotechnology industry responsible for formulating and implementing international business strategies for two European MNCs (Sanofi Pasteur & Boehringer Mannheim). He has graduate degrees in both the natural and social sciences‐ a Masters degree in the Life Sciences (Molecular Biology) from Bombay University and a Masters degree in Environmental Studies (Sustainability) from York University, Canada. He has been the principal investigator in several applied research projects solving business problems for Ontario‐based SMEs (small and medium sized enterprises‐ responsible for over 90% of Canada’s employment). He has served in an Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges & Universities (MTCU) taskforce on integrating new immigrants into the Canadian economy. He has been recently nominated for the prestigious Industry Research Chair for Colleges (IRCC). As a member of the college President’s Task Force on Learning, he has contributed significantly to the Centennial College signature CSR Program‐ Global Citizenship & Equity (GCE) ‐ which has won several awards conferred by the Canadian Bureau of International Education (CBIE). Amit is also Visiting Professor of CSR at the Jindal Global University (JGU) in India, where he conducts graduate level seminars on CSR models in India.