Hi! I’m Manasa and my work centres around gender-based violence with a focus on gender equity, peacebuilding, community engagement, digital empowerment and advocacy. I currently live in Mumbai, but I am an alumnus of the School of Law, Christ University, Bangalore, India.
I contribute to the Gender Security Project, a digital platform with a focus on gender, security, justice, and peace through research, reportage, and documentation. I also work with World Pulse, an online social network of grassroots women leaders, who use storytelling for social change, building campaigns and connections to make this world one step closer to gender equality.
As a freelancer trying to meet ends, I write for various clients across the world. In my last four years, I have covered topics of entertainment, health, lifestyle, travel, product-related and 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 at 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 break down and build ideas. This website is my portfolio of the different bits of work I have done so far. You can contact me directly to get to know my work better.
I strongly believe that words can create global movements. It gives me great pleasure to be able to work on what I am most passionate about and be part of a community of changemakers whose words can set forth a tide of change around the world!
What can I offer?
- Research and Writing
- Project Management
- Community Building
- Digital Engagement
- Advocacy Building