SOAS University of London

SOAS student honoured on International Women’s Day for work as feminist activist

8 March 2019

SOAS University of London student Rachel Bali (MA Social Anthropology of Development) has been celebrated for her work as a feminist activist by the George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs.

Rachel is featured in a photo exhibition at the university which is being held in honour of International Women's Day. The exhibition, International Women's Day 2019: A Celebration of Women in Politics highlights women from across the globe, like Rachel, who have actively been involved in women's rights initiatives in their respective countries.

Rachel is the founder of KrantiKālī, a youth-led multi-platform gender innovation lab working towards United Nations SDG 5: Gender equity and equality. The organisation promotes gender equity and feminism through performance art, film, theatre, and tech innovation. Their aim is to educate, spread awareness and generate discussions to further gender equality by strengthening young feminist advocacy.

In addition, Rachel was also selected to represent India as a YCF (Young Connectors of The Future) Fellow by The Swedish Institute at the YCF conference in Sri Lanka. The programme is a recognised leadership programme for young emerging leaders from South Asia. YCF aims to strengthen the participants by giving them tools and methods in their work for an equal and sustainable society. Rachel is one of 29 participants in this year’s programme.