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New Delhi, India
Joined July 2012

Bringing Justice Closer

Presence in: India

Nazdeek, meaning “to be close” in Urdu, is a women-led human rights organization committed to advancing the rights of health, food and housing of marginalized communities in South Asia. Through on the ground legal support to local activists, we develop and support strategic litigation thereby enhancing accountability. Leveraging the power of local and transnational networking, we work with communities in developing tools to demand and secure justice.

People Associated With This Organization

Avantee Aneeta Hemant

Joined April 2016
Interests: Community / Customary Land Rights, Education, Environmental Justice, Gender-based violence, Health, Housing & Sanitation, Labor & Employment, Traditional / Customary Justice
Avantee is a sociologist with a background in Gender Studies. She has previously worked on issues of displacement, mental health laws, sexuality, women and child rights in the capacity of a researcher and trainer. She has also been a translator for New York City Alliance against Sexual Assault on multiple studies on behaviors and experiences of immigrant victims of VAW. She received her B.A. from K.C College, Mumbai where she worked on developing the Certificate Course in Gender Studies introduced in 2014.

Avantee is currently working with Nazdeek in the capacity of a Consultant - Justice Program Associate on their Delhi Project.

Francesca Feruglio

United Kingdom  
Joined November 2015
Interests: Health, Housing & Sanitation, Labor & Employment, Land & Natural Resources
Co-Founder of Nazdeek (Delhi) and Research Officer at the Institute for Development Studies (Brighton, UK). I'm interested in exploring ways in which advocates, organizations and social movements use the law to advance socioeconomic rights.

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Jayshree Satpute

Joined March 2018
Interests: Economic Empowerment, Health, Housing & Sanitation, Labor & Employment, Women's Rights
Human Rights Lawyer and Co-Founder of Nazdeek

Shreya Sen

Joined August 2017
Interests: Access to Information, Corruption, Education, Gender-based violence, Governance, Health, Housing & Sanitation, Labor & Employment, Peace-building, Women's Rights
Shreya Sen is a feminist researcher and activist, deeply invested in issues around gender, childhood, sexuality, violence, health and education. She holds a Bachelor's degree in English Literature from Jadavpur University and has completed her Master's in Gender Studies from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences. Shreya advocates for structural and systemic changes in various Institutions, through training, research and resource building, to make them more diverse, inclusive and easily accessible to marginalized communities. She is a part of various autonomous activist collectives, both online and offline, that aim to build stronger support networks for people looking for safe spaces.

Shreya preaches and tries to practice, the motto "nothing about us, without us". She believes that the only legitimate form of social justice and development work is one that is intersectional, participatory and works "with" people, rather than "for" them.

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Tripti Poddar

Joined February 2021
Interests: Citizenship, Health, Housing & Sanitation, Labor & Employment, Women's Rights
Tripti Poddar is a litigating attorney and development policy researcher based in India. She is an advocate for community led policy advocacy and litigation and works on issues such as the right to housing, health and sanitation in New Delhi, and labour and other allied rights in the state of Assam, with a focus on legal empowerment. In addition to working with communities towards better access to socio-economic rights, Tripti also works on issues of citizenship, nationality and with refugees. She writes Op-Eds for news platforms, and also engages in lengthier forms of writing - all of which are informed by and rooted in her work with women from marginalised communities, including indigenous communities. She believes in collaborative working, and partners with civil society organizations, groups and individuals on different issues, and projects. Tripti holds a Masters of Public Administration from Cornell University and a Bachelor of Laws (Hons.) from Christ University, Bangalore.

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