As a Commerce student at Mumbai University, India I was intrigued that India’s Economic Development over the last two decades had resulted in such diverse impacts on various sections of Indian population. I felt disillusioned by the apparently ever-increasing income inequality and the promises of development that continue to remain largely unfulfilled for the vast majority of the population. As a woman from a minority community, I became especially concerned for women from low income communities who are vulnerable to exploitation that can result when education and literacy rates are low. Considering these unequal effects and dichotomies of economic development influenced my transition from Business studies into Humanities
Over last ten years I have been involved with Civil Society Organisations in India addressing women’s literacy and skill development. Through my work, I have had the opportunity to interact with innovative community based organisations and collaborate with inspiring grassroot leaders, addressing fundamental questions about gender related injustice, caste based inequity, and layers of intersectional discrimination faced by marginalized communities.
Interacting with resolute civil society leaders striving to overcome gender based discrimination and injustice through education, sparked my curiosity and led me into decoding the impact of skill development and education in overcoming intergenerational cycles of poverty and marginalisation. The search for this understanding has compelled me to further my academic qualifications in Humanities, and means that as a part of my thesis, I am particularly interested in researching the factors that influence career aspirations of marginalised girls
Through my studies at Oxford I hope to interrogate factors shaping society’s construction of gender, identity formation and global systems of power and politics. My aim is to expand my knowledge of the nuances involved in establishing interdisciplinary interventions that address the patriarchal attitudes that perpetuate gender based discrimination and injustices, and apply this understanding in the South Asian context.
I’m really looking forward to being at Oxford and commencing this next phase of learning and working toward gender equity enhancement. I am incredibly grateful to Mica and Ahmet Ertegun for providing me the opportunity to pursue my dream and further my academic development. I am sure that being a part of the Ertegun community will give me the opportunity to learn from the experiences of peers from across the globe and share ideas with future changemakers.