Abhijit Das is Director of Centre for Health and Social Justice (CHSJ) a policy research and advocacy institution around health and human rights and men and gender equality in India. He is also a Clinical Assistant Professor at the Department of Global Health, at the University of Washington in Seattle USA. He has been actively advocating engaging men within a gender equality framework and working extensively with men in different states of India, involving them on gender issues at the family level like domestic violence, girl’s education, participation in domestic work, early marriage, dowry and so on and at the gender issues at the public level like women’s participation in panchayats, eve-teasing and sexual harassment, and implementation of the law on domestic violence. He has been involved in setting up MASVAW (Men’s Action for Stopping Violence Against Women) a network of men working on gender equality and responding to the issue of violence against women in India as well as a founder of FEM (Forum to Engage Men).
Mr. Anand Pawar is the Executive Director of SAMYAK, an NGO based in Pune, India. He is a male gender trainer and an activist involved with women’s and men’s groups working towards gender equality and a violence-free society. He is also an active member of the South Asian Network to Address Masculinities (SANAM) and one of the Asia Board members of the Women’s Peace Maker Programme (WPP). Having travelled extensively international borders, he has served as a consultant to many INGOs and developmental agencies including several UN agencies. Development of communication materials on gender, men and masculinities is his specific area of interest. Mr. Pawar is involved in conceptualising and contextualising gender trainings with different groups and plays a key role in engaging with other social justice movements to locate issues of men and masculinities within movements. He was also associated with various qualitative research initiatives, exploring issues around gender, men and masculinities in India.