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Ashoka’s Raj Jayadev recognized as 2018 MacArthur fellow

Ashoka Fellow Raj Jayadev was just named a 2018 MacArthur Fellow for exceptional creativity. Raj is the creator and champion of participatory defense, a growing movement that gives families and friends of accused persons a way to contribute to the defense of their loved one. 

Building a Movement for Dalit Rights: A Conversation with Christina Dhanaraj

Christina Thomas Dhanaraj is part of a community of Indian activists who are speaking truth to power against caste-based violence and discrimination. Many of these voices have stormed the bastions of establishment media and are engaged in asking critical questions about the pervasiveness of casteism in all aspects of life.

Bina Nepram: Her Continued Path Through Exile

“Don’t ask any questions. You’ll be shot dead.” This is a common refrain in Manipur state in India, where Ashoka Fellow Binalakshmi (Bina) Nepram grew up. Yet Bina asked questions. And despite currently living in exile, she continues to ask with conviction.

Early-stage Entrepreneurs Can Drive New Social Movements

When we say these emerging leaders mine their personal experiences, we mean they tap into their own history and context to uncover discrete issues that cause inequity and structural disparity. Ashoka Fellow T. Morgan Dixon and co-founder Vanessa Garrison mined their personal experiences to focus on stressors and traumas threatening the health of black women with their organization GirlTrek.

EIR Lessons in Perspective: A conversation with Western Union Executive in Residence Alumni Maureen Sigliano

Maureen Sigliano, Vice President, Global Loyalty Development & Western Union Membership, Paris, partnered with Ashoka Fellow Benson Wereje and his organization CIYOTA, working with refugees in Uganda. For more information about the Executive in Residence program visit the EIR program page, or contact us at executiveinresidence@ashoka.org