Sahana Afreen

Age: 23
Home Town: Delhi, NCR
Education: M.A. in Social Work (University of Delhi), B.A. in Political Science (Ramjas College - University of Delhi)
Specific Field Interests: Rural Development, Mental Health, Disability and Counselling
Placement: Voluntary Integration for Education and Welfare of Society in Gopalpur, Odisha
Area of Focus: Livelihoods

Fellowship Project: Support women self-help groups in launching social enterprises focused on organic farming practices to popularize the use of organic versus chemical fertilizers in the region.

Highlights: Sahana is serving as an American India Foundation (AIF) Clinton Fellow with Voluntary Integration for Education and Welfare of Society (VIEWS) in Gopalpur, Odisha. For her Fellowship project, she is supporting women self-help groups in launching social enterprises focused on organic farming practices to popularize the use of organic versus chemical fertilizers in the region. Sahana is a 23-year-old woman passionate to work towards gender equality. She has completed her Master’s degree in the discipline of social work with a specialization in rural development, mental health, disability, and counselling. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree in political science. She has interned with Roshini, working with government school adolescent girls on life skills and creating a module on cyber security. She has also worked for the community in a slum in Delhi called Seelampur on different issues including gender, livelihood, education, and disability as part of her social work degree course. She was a part of the Youth Accountability Advocate (YAA), working towards understanding the needs of young people on sexual and reproductive health and rights. As a YAA member, she has been selected by the ‘Women Delivers’ in 2019 to share her experience and learnings in their international conference in Vancouver, Canada, with more than 8000 participants from all over the world. Sahana has been actively volunteering for an organisation called Pehchan for girls education in the peripheries of New Delhi. With AIF Clinton Fellowship, Sahana aspires to gain in-depth knowledge of the diversity in socio-economic, cultural, and educational fabric of India. She aims to hone her skills and build perspectives of working and solution generation in development sector.

Posts by sahana_afreen

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She: The Invisible Bread Earner (Part II)

Chanchala, a Kondh tribal, lives in the village of Nuabandhu, Odisha. Her mother toungue is Kui. The majority of the Kui-speaking […]

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She: The Invisible Bread Earner (Part I)

“Who is the head of family?” I asked a boy from Chikiti Block of Odisha. […]

A group of women farmers standing beside the vermicompost and trying to learn the process.
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Starting an Odyssey in Odisha: Rethinking Gender, Tradition, and Culture

‘Odyssey’ refers to “an important intellectual or physical journey, one which is filled with excitement […]

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