Nazariya QFRG was started by the following people:
1. Ritambhara Mehta (Programme Manager): At Nazariya, Ritambhara is responsible for networking, fund raising, programme and organizational development and implementation.
She was with ASER Centre – Pratham for 5 years where she managed educational assessments and studies in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and Maharashtra. She was part of the core team that was responsible for developing proposals, budgets, operational plans, developing and piloting survey instruments, conducting secondary research, implementation of project, training, monitoring, data management, data analysis and report writing. As a student intern, she volunteered for Right to Work surveys and social audits. She has a bachelor’s degree in Political Science, a post graduate diploma in Conflict Transformation and Peace building from Lady Shri Ram College for Women (Delhi University) and a master’s in International Relations from School of international Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University. She is an International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) fellow of the United States Department of State, United States of Ameria.
2. Rituparna Borah (Executive Director): At Nazariya, Rituparna is responsible for networking, fund raising, programme and organizational development and implementation.
Rituparna queer feminist activist with over 10 years of experience of working on issues gender and sexuality. She joined Nirantar in 2007, where she was extensively involved in planning and conducting trainings on sexuality with organizations, collectives, rural communities, gender trainers, lawyers, students and government officials. Rituparna has also been involved in building Muslim girl’s leadership programme through ICT in Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh). She has also contributed towards Adolescence Education Programme training material published by the National Council on Education, Research and Training (NCERT).
She is also actively involved with collectives such Delhi Queer Pride, CCSA (Citizen’s Collective Against Sexual Assault), Qashti and Voices Againat 377.
She has a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Miranda House (Delhi University), a master’s degree in the same subject from Centre for Political Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University and a M.Phil from Faculty of Arts at Delhi University. Her thesis were supervised by Dr. Nivedita Menon and were on freedom of expression and censorship in democracy.
3. Purnima Gupta (Board Member): Currently a Senior Fellow at Nirantar, Purnima is a feminist and civil rights activist. She has been working on women’s literacy since 1997. She has worked with over 25 organizations, building their capacity to design and implement literacy programmes. Purnima has been responsible for setting up Nirantar’s community level work on women’s education in Mehroni Block (Lalitpur district, Uttar Pradesh). She was also responsible for setting up a residential school (Janishala) for women and adolescent girls that belong to Dalit and Adivasi communities.
Purnima is a trainer on issues of gender, caste and sexuality. She also creates training modules, conducts evaluations & research and does advocacy on adult literacy, women’s and gender and sexuality education.
4. Suchi Kushwah (Board Member): An interior designer by profession, and a queer and trans* activist by passion. Ze identifies as gender queer assigned female at birth and is also one of the founder members of Qashti, a collective formed to create safe spaces and provide counselling for LBT* people who are FAB.