Girija Devi. Boddupalli
A Gold Medalist in Master of Social Work, Girija has been a Gender and Development Professional for more than two and half decades in India. She promotes the cause of the gender justice and child rights passionately but constructively. She has conceptualized, designed and operationalized various gender justice programs with civil society organizations and governments. Institutionalizing support structures to women survivors of violence (Support Centers for Women in Police Stations) and (Sakhi One Stop Centers for Women) in collaboration with the Departments of Police and Women and Child Welfare, Government of Telangana is one of the concrete achievements in her long career.
Beginning, with the rights of street children and adolescent girls, her professional interests expanded into action research on various gender and developmental issues. She monitored and evaluated programs for national and international donor agencies; engaged with Print and Visual Media on the rights of women and children. An engaging gender trainer, she has been involved in training of thousands of personnel in the government and NGOs. As an external member of Internal Complaints Committees of various government departments and NGOs, she has enquired into several cases of sexual harassment of women and has provided expertize on its prevention at work places.
A course in Gender and Economic Policy Analysis from Institute of Social Studies, at Hague, Netherlands and a visit to the US as part of the prestigious International Visitor Leadership Program, as part of International Women’s Network provided her global perspectives on Gender Justice and women’s leadership in social development.
She loves mentoring the young men and women to work against gender inequality, promoting women leadership and strengthening the place of civil society organizations.
Her partner, son and sisters not only provide her emotional support to her public and professional life, they are her hardest critiques too!