Age: 28
Home Town: Tuljapur, Maharashtra
Education: M.A. in Gender, Culture and Development, Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune
Specific Field Interests: Gender, Sexuality, Caste, Media and Public Health
Placement: Seba Jagat in Kalahandi, Odisha
Area of Focus: Public Health

Fellowship Project: Do data analysis, research, case studies and report writing to strengthen and promote primary health services for the betterment of health and nutrition of pregnant women, infant, neonatal and young children.

Highlights: Dnyaneshwar is serving as an American India Foundation (AIF) Banyan Impact Fellow with Seba Jagat in Kalahandi, Odisha. He is a master’s holder in Gender, Culture and Development. He is a first-generation learner and belongs to a farmer’s family from rural areas of Maharashtra. He believes in fluidity and tries to dismantle binaries for the betterment of human rights. Being critical about add and stir approach of gender, he has written two research papers about media representations of gender, masculinities and sexualities during his academics. As an intern, he has worked with adolescent male children from the underprivileged communities in Pune on gender sensitization and leadership skills. He has short term research experiences with folk artists and young entrepreneurs from Maharashtra. He has worked with men against violence and abuse for a research project on construction of men and masculinities through different social institutions. He is a former Goonj Urban fellow where he has worked with different left out communities in West Bengal and Odisha. He intends to create safe spaces for people with different gender, sexual, social and cultural identities. He believes in ccceptance, awareness and advocacy for the rights of underprivileged people. As an AIF fellow, he will be working to strengthen and promote affordable health services, primary health infrastructure and resources at community level. For this, he will be engaged in research, report writing by doing data analysis and case studies. Along with this, he will handle social media for the project.

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