Home Town: Jamshedpur, Jharkhand
Education: B.A. History hons. (Lady Shri Ram College for Women, University of Delhi); M.A. Human Rights (University College London)
Specific Field Interests: Gender, Human Rights, Education, Environment, International and Sustainable Development
Placement: Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) in Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh
Area of Focus: Livelihoods

Fellowship Project: Strengthen the organization’s capacity to address key issues facing Tibetan refugee women and girls and incorporate a gender perspective in the design, implementation and monitoring of all existing programs.

Highlights: Trishla is serving as an American India Foundation (AI)F Clinton Fellow with the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) in Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh. For her fellowship project, she is developing guidelines and policies, tools, and implementation strategies for gender mainstreaming across programs to strengthen the capacity of the Women's Empowerment Desk within the Central Tibetan Administration. Trishla has always been passionate about gender, justice and affecting change. As a student of History, she learnt the value of interpretation and thought processes which aids her in any social or other change she aims to bring about. Her internships with the CSR department of Tata Steel (for underprivileged children), NGO Kolkata Sanved (empowering victims of abuse through Dance Movement Therapy) and other development organizations encouraged her to pursue Human Rights for her higher education. Her dissertation was an experimental intervention which focused on bridging the gap between the theory and practice of gender equality through making ‘Gender’ a subject taught in schools. She also interned with the British Red Cross in London to understand the nuances of women-led sponsorship in international development. She worked at UNOPS Sri Lanka as the Partnerships Intern for a year wherein she not only gained international exposure but also experience in project conception and management across sectors with gender mainstreaming an important aspect of her learnings. The AIF Clinton Fellowship gives her a unique opportunity to understand gender at a grassroot level as well as to formulate scalable strategies for attaining gender equality. Her ultimate aim is to work in the development sector to make the laws, policies and theories of gender equality and Human Rights accessible and applicable to all by means of education and other practicable change-making solutions. In her free time, Trishla loves to read and sometimes write quirky feminist rants for her blog, travel, dance and enjoy her mother’s cakes whenever possible.

Posts by Trishla.Bafna

Because the same sexism that hurts women hurts men

‘Gender’ and ‘Women’ are not Synonymous

As an AIF Fellow, I was placed with the Women’s Empowerment Desk (WED) at the […]


My Fellowship Journey: Of Gender, Hills and Tibetan Lemon Tarts

It all started with this itch of mine to explore gender in and of itself […]


Ensuring Gender Mainstreaming in the Tibetan Administration

Gender Mainstreaming can be defined as ‘ integration of a gender perspective into the preparation, […]

Poster for the Helpline with the Number on it and the message of 'STOP Domestic Violence, Sexual Harassment/Child Abuse and Sexual Harassment at Workplace. The 'Tibetan Woman Helpline' is also written in Tibetan script and the email id and of the Helpline and the logos of sponsors are present below. There is also an image of a sad woman with many hand impressions on her half naked back. .

Safety in Statelessness: Tibetan Women Helpline

A home or a country we can call our own is something that most of […]

Tips on General Etiquette during Virtual Training as a Facilitator: Dree appropriately; Mind your posture; Find a quiet spot; Keep it safe for all; Don't snack while talking; Don't interrupt others; Don't share inappropriate material; Don't get distracted; Be patientient with new tech users/tech glitches

Virtual Interventions in Development Sector Trainings: Part 2

I was and am delighted to have been placed at the Women’s Empowerment Desk (WED) […]

This image displays a zoom screenshot of all the fellows of the AIF Clinton Fellowship program 2020-2021

Virtual Interventions in Development Sector Trainings: Part 1

The world has been aware for some time now that Technology is our future and […]

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