Monday, August 29, 2011

UNITWIN Colleagues Visit Boston University's Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program

We are pleased to share with you news of a recent visit from two of our UNITWIN colleagues in West Bengal. Social activists Chandana and Nandini Dey spent a day with the Boston branch of our UNITWIN Network at Boston University's Women's, Gender, &  Sexuality Studies Program. Welcoming the visitors were Program Head Deborah Belle, UNITWIN Network Initiator Dr. Brenda Gael McSweeney, Program Coordinator Carly Pack-Bailey, Visiting Scholar Smitha Radhakrishnan, and Teaching Assistant Katherine Lochery. We were fortunate to have the opportunity to hear about some of the great work that Chandana and Nandini are doing in their native India, particularly in the areas of rural women's education and livelihoods and  the Right to Information movement of MKSS (MAZDOOR KISAN SHAKTI SANGATHAN - a non-party People's Organization engaged in the political process in India) spearheaded by Aruna Roy, Nikhil Dey, and Shanker Singh.

Right to left: Professor Deborah Belle, Visiting Scholar Smitha Radhakrishnan, Chandana Dey, Nandini Dey, Carly Pack-Bailey, and Katherine Lochery

 Program Coordinator Carly Pack-Bailey and Nandini Dey speaking of the Right to Information campaign in India

For more pictures of the visit of our UNITWIN  partners, please visit our flickr site:

Friday, August 26, 2011

India's Pratichi Institute Launches New Website

We were just advised by Kumar Rana of our UNITWIN Network that the Pratichi Institute of West Bengal has launched its website. Established and sponsored by the Pratichi (India) Trust, with Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen as its Chairman, the Pratichi Institute is committed to ‘research for action'. Through this research and the public action it inspires, Pratichi aims to "enhance human capabilities, expand social opportunities, and enliven people’s agency to improve their own well-being, as well as to make a difference in other people’s lives."

You can learn more about Pratichi and the work the Institute is doing in India by visiting: