Hi! I’m Manasa. I’m a Mumbai based lawyer, researcher and freelance writer. My main focus of work is gender equality and eradicating violence against women and children.
I am an alumnus of the School of Law, Christ University, Bangalore, India. Currently, I contribute to the Gender Security Project on issues privy to law and gender under the Indian and international landscape. The Gender Security Project aims to expand the global understanding of gender at the policy, legal, and institutional levels through research, advocacy, and training.
I also work closely with World Pulse, in the capacity of an Ambassador and India Outreach Coordinator. World Pulse is a global social network for women and by women. I use this opportunity to share resources with women globally to empower them as leaders within their communities.
As a freelancer trying to meet ends, I write for various clients across the globe on areas of entertainment, health, travel, lifestyle, products and more. Contact me on my email ID (firstname.lastname@example.org) to know more.
Previously, I was associated with the Red Elephant Foundation as the Head of Research and Documentation (legal) team. REF focuses on story-telling, training, tech-for-good, and advocacy for gender equity and civilian peacebuilding. Getting started with REF was an eye-opener in terms of issues privy to us from childhood, that systematically fuels patriarchy and the continuance of violence against women and children. This was my deciding factor to pursue working in the development sector.
I briefly worked the Aangan Trust as a Research and Communications Associate. Aangan works with vulnerable children and families across India who are extremely prone to sex trafficking, labour trafficking, bonded labour, physical and sexual abuse, and lack the necessary access to government functionaries. Working with Aangan gave me first-hand information through stories from women and adolescent girls about the real situation prevailing in India.
I also took the role of a Junior Editor with A38, Online Portal for International Law and Journal; where I regularly wrote blog articles on issues of international law and reviewed/edited journals for online publication.
I have been inspired to write and tell stories from a very young age. Writing helps me understand and conceptualise ideas and thoughts. This website showcases some of my work and writings over time. I regularly dabble on areas of law, policy and advocacy focusing on gender and women, click here to read more.
I am deeply inspired by women who stand up and support other women, and I truly believe such women leaders are the essence of grassroots change globally. I stick by the phrase “Empowered Women, Empower Women”. I sometimes interview such torchbearers in their field of excellence. You can find my conversations with such women here. I also ramble on travel, food, people and everything else in between under the section Talk Shop. You can find the link here.
If you find something you like, reach out to me. I would love to hear your thoughts! Let’s keep such conversations rolling.
- Writing: Articles, narratives, op-ed, fact-sheets, research papers, white papers, etc.
- Research: Primary and secondary research on areas of gender, equality, and women.
- Legal: Consultation on POSH laws, laws women and children, gender rights and policy analysis.
- Advocacy: For gender quality. Against all forms of violence. For peacebuilding.
You can get in touch with me on email@example.com for further enquiry.