Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 2017
This description of Anindita Majumdar's work was prepared when Anindita Majumdar was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2017.
Since India’s independence, the Panchayat system has served as the building block of local governance in villages. Despite the mandate that this body must elect women to half its seats, the role of women in local governance has been relegated to being mere figure-heads, without the power to effect change. Anindita is challenging the inherent patriarchy in the governance system to activate women’s participation in decision-making to make local governance truly representatives of the interests of their voters.
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