The Way Ahead

Posted March 10, 2009 from India

I am a development professional having 9 years experience in the fields of Health particularly mother and child health, child trafficking, STD/HIV/AIDS, adolescent education and livelihood. I have long been associated with research on gender disparity widely witnessed in the case of HIV/AIDS patients, vulnerability of women patients, illegal trafficking as a fall out of abject poverty coupled with societal prejudice that positioned a girl child at some notch behind her male siblings and a source of tradable income much similar to livestocks in the family.I have also been associated with assessing the impact of watershed projects on women and the prerequistes for their meaningful participation in the projects.My working area is a tribal dominated one and I find utmost satisfaction to be a part of their way of living. As my job demanded, I travelled extensively in the tribal belt of West Bengal, Jharkhand and orissa(3 states of India). During my journey,I heard the same 'mantra' of life everywhere- simplicity.

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  • Jade Frank
    Mar 10, 2009
    Mar 10, 2009

    Hi Sanjukta,

    Welcome to PulseWire! Your work in India is inspiring. There are several groups here on PulseWire that may interest you, and which would certainly benefit from your expertise in the field.

    Women's Networking Zone (HIV/AIDS)

    Human Trafficking

    The Global Water Sustainability Forum (GWSF)

    I look forward to hearing more of your voice here on PulseWire!

    Warm regards, Jade

  • sanjukta.choudhury
    Mar 17, 2009
    Mar 17, 2009

    Dear Jade,

    I visited the groups mentioned by you and found them extremely useful. I take this opportunity to thank you for your valuable suggestion.

    Group journals introduced me to many voices around the world. It helped me gain invaluable insight on human trafficking, HIV/AIDS and freshwater issues whereby i could relate my experience with other s working on these issues.

    Regards, Sanjukta

  • Shoma Chatterjee
    May 16, 2009
    May 16, 2009

    Dear Sanjukta,

    Thanks for letting me know that I am quite known among such involved and hardworking and committed activists like you. Thank you also for having argued on my behalf. See how I responded to the shock of discovering that my name was not there. Imagine taking hours away from my paid work to be able to participate in this international contest. And as I wrote to my mentor, I am really a very bad loser. I went into a sort of depression I took myself out of very fast thanks to my very busy and active schedule.

    I have a close friend who specialises in HIV/AIDS and goes to many conferences in India and abroad. I do not specialise in HIV/AIDS but do sometimes write on the social issues involved. I am a great votary of homosexuality, alternative sexuality and the lesbian and gay movement though it took me some time to cope with this reality and accept it as one's personal choice.

    Where do you live? I have read some of your posts but not all and you write beautifully too. Thanks also, for the allusions to Alice in one of your posts. I compare women like myself to Cinderella in a much more elaborate and adult form - going out to dance with the Prince Charming of your work, expertise and the rest and coming back in rags to become a housewife, mother, daughter and housemaid all over again. We don't need magicians do we? We ourselves are magic personified.

    My desire to become a PulseWire columnist was because this is the only platform I can write what I like to and not what I have been commissioned to write not that I draw a sharp line between the two very much. Writing is a passion with me and it is like breathing. I feel the day I stop writing, I will die. Money is secondary though it is also very important. Feedbacks and protests like people like you make life worth liviing when you begin to feel it getting darker around yuo.