Kamla Bhasin is an Indian developmental feminist activist, poet, author and social scientist. Her work spans across 35 years and focuses on gender, education, human development and the media. Best known for her work on the NGO Sangat- a South Asian network of feminists, and for her poem Kyunki main ladki hoon, mujhe padhna hai. In 1995, she recited a refurbished, feminist version of the popular poem Azadi (Freedom) in a conference. She is also the South Asia coordinator of One Billion Rising.
In 2002, she quit her job at the U.N. to work on the network of South Asian feminists, that she built from the ground up. She believes in a form of advocacy that combines feminist theory and community action. She has worked with underprivileged women from tribal and working communities, often using posters, plays and other non literary methods to get through to communities with low literacy rates. She has always maintained that in order to usher effective change, sloganeering must be accompanied by community mobilization.*
– Femcylopaedia by Kirthi Jayakumar
* Source: Wikipedia