Fellow Since 1998
This profile was prepared when Soma Sengupta was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 1998.
The New Idea
Soma believes that information is a vital component to the activist's strategy and that easy access to information can significantly broaden the parameters of an activist's work. "My challenge is to convert information into power. Information being provided in a systematic and sustainable manner can empower women to take right kind of decisions, get organized, challenge the existing status-quo, and change their lives."Working from within the women's movement, Soma is combining the specificity of an activist's perspective with the broad planning and action needed to disseminate information to the entire spectrum of actors engaged in women's rights. Her ultimate goal in emphasizing the importance of information is to further collaborate action among constituents, crossing barriers of class, region, and language.