Who is Dalit activist Manjula Pradeep? Indian on BBC 100 women list

Ground Report | New Delhi: Who is Dalit activist Manjula Pradeep; The BBC released its list of 100 inspiring and influential women from around the world for 2021, and two Indians are part of the list. Mugdha Kalra is an autism-rights activist and the co-founder of ‘Not That Different’ and Manjula Pradeep, an advocate, and activist working for the upliftment of marginalized communities.

According to the BBC, the list includes those who are “resetting” and doing their part to rebuild our society, our culture, and our world.

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Who is Dalit activist Manjula Pradeep

A lawyer by profession, Manjula has been fighting for the rights of India’s most underprivileged communities and women for more than two and a half decades. She belongs to a Dalit family from Gujarat and is known for her work against caste and gender discrimination.

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She is the former executive director of Navsarjan Trust, one of the largest Dalit rights organizations in India. She is also the founder of WAYVE Foundation, which focuses on the rights of marginalized youth in India and strives to empower them. This year, she co-founded the National Council of Women Leaders.

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Manjula has represented issues of caste-based discrimination in the United Nations and the European Parliament for more than 15 years. “I want there to be compassion and love in a world where women from underprivileged communities move towards a peaceful and just society,” the BBC quoted her as saying.

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Introducing Manjula Pradeep, BBC wrote: “From a Dalit family in Gujarat, Manjula Pradeep is known for her work against caste and gender discrimination. He served as executive director of Navsarjan Trust, India’s largest organization for the rights of Dalits (earlier known as Untouchables). The latter works for the empowerment of women and youth and strengthening their leadership and capabilities. Manjula has been a member of the International Dalit Solidarity Network, which highlights Dalit rights against casteism at the United Nations World Conference.

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