Madhavi Kuckreja, Associate

What Madhavi does with G@W

Madhavi KuckrejaMadhavi has been an associate and facilitator in India since 2004. She has facilitated three rounds of action learning processes to mentor a team of young facilitators. She has also been part of a two-year project to increase the participation of Dalit women in a right to employment program (Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act). She is currently part of the team that is implementing a story about heads of grassroots women organizations.

Year she joined G@W


...and why

In Madhavi’s words: “I liked Gender At Work from the start when I  was invited to facilitate an Action Learning Program led by David and Aruna in 2004! Since then the team here in India has grown and it has been great to work with a team of like-minded people. I enjoy the flexibility of coming in when there is an interesting project and being able to step out when I want or need to.”

“A secret dream is to restore the city of Lucknow to its old reputation as a cultural capital!”

Where else she has worked

Along with a team of women, Madhavi founded an organization called Vanangana which works on issues of violence against women and organizes marginalized, Dalit women to assert their rights. In 2008, she moved to Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh and set up a shop that sells handicrafts. The shop called Sanatkada also functions as a café, a book club and a film club. It is something of a cultural hub in the city.

Other work on gender and institutional change

In her work focusing on Uttar Pradesh, Madhavi has supported numerous women-led, grassroots-level CBOs to emerge as transparent, vibrant organisations that are sensitive to a feminist perspective. Internationally, she has worked on building perspectives about violence against women with groups in Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Sri Lanka and Sudan.

Dreams & Passions

“To expand my shop from one to many across the state of Uttar Pradesh. On the side, a secret dream is to restore the city of Lucknow to its old reputation as a cultural capital!”