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Meet this Bihari Superwoman who is changing lives in Rural Bihar

In the present scenario, meeting true Indians who wish to work for the society and for bringing a change is like a dream come true. But, youths like Sungandha Munshi tend to prove this notion wrong.

Sugandha, hailing from Bihar, moved to Delhi in order to pursue her Master’s degree in Political Science. Her passion for becoming a “change maker” led her to work hard enough to transform this passion to a career. In 2007 she started working as a journalist for THE HEADLINES INDIA. In addition to it she also joined the development sector considering it to be an initial step for achieving her goal.  Moreover, she has been a part of social cause awareness campaigns, the most esteemed one being that of Female Feticide.

This campaign took her to the grass roots of Rajasthan ( India ) where she spent about 2.5 years of her life, working and implementing Education leadership. “Working with Baba Amte for 1.5 months and spending my days in villages of India , helped me to realize that how education can play a significant role in turning around the gender discrimination”, she said.

Sugandha Munshi with local villager women

Leaving abundant opportunities behind, Sugandha Munshi took a big step of returning to Bihar, her native place. Where people who are scared to return to their roots and work for its betterment, Sungandha proved to be an exception . In November 2010 she joined the Department of Education as the State- Coordinator Gender Cell. With the help of education and assistance from the state government and UNICEF she intensively advocated for policy making on gender sensitization, for four consecutive years. Furthermore the 12 day program of WORLD YOUTH SOCIAL ENTREPRENUERSHIP held in UK, strengthened her determination helping her to sharpen her perspective. In order to contribute to the development of her state she used all her insights to understand the real scenario there.

In 2013, Sungandha   started working with women farmers as a GENDER SPECIALIST in INTERNATIONAL RICE RESEARCH INSTITUTE. Here she felt closer to the cause she actually wanted to work for. Just like every individual, who works for a good cause, faces certain oppositions, Sugandha was no exception to it. When she commenced her journey for the benefit of women farmers, she had to face the rigid and orthodox mentality of the people. But with the virtue of her tenacity and determination, she managed to cut through these obstacles. Today she proudly speaks of the changes she brought in.

“It is common for a woman to talk about another woman, but wanting the men to come forward for women’s’ rights , is something which I want to initiate. I am not a social worker, i just love and feel contended to be an asset for the people”, she said.  Her strong believe in the youth of INDIA has led her to start a small initiative – “PRIYADARSHINI”. This venture  acts as a neutral platform to work with youths of Bihar with the  motto –  “ Lead yourself and influence others for making the world a humane place”.

When asked to deliver a message to the youth she said,  “The key of motivation is in your pocket and one should follow what they preach”.  She believes that it is always important to take one step ahead and  seek solutions  rather than moving the problems around. She says  “Let’s not wait for another Nirbhaya incident, but raise our voices wherever and whenever we can!”.

TOC | Tanima Chakraborty


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