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I'm not being given this award for my work in India alone. I work in 144 countries. I work in Africa with equal passion, in Latin America with equal passion. I've worked in Pakistan with equal passion. So it is a global fight. But I'm proud that India is where this fight began and it began through me.

Kailash Satyarthi

Gauri several times spoke of death threats from right-wing and not Maoists

Kavita Krishnan

Everyday bullets of hatred are fired at dissident voices

Kavita Krishnan

In June 2007, I became the father of a beautiful girl child. When she was 3 months old, we were visiting India after a gap of over 4 years. I was so excited to meet my family and to see the “progress” my parents had been talking about. But what I saw completely changed my life.

Swapnil Chaturvedi (The Poop Guy)

On the one hand there were big shopping malls and on the other there were these slums all over the city (with kids defecating in [the] open). Maybe it was because I had lived in US long enough to gain an outsider’s perspective, but it was as if my blindfolds had been removed and I was seeing things for the first time. That night, for the first time in my life, I asked questions that guided me towards my purpose

Swapnil Chaturvedi (The Poop Guy)

I have a team of people taking care of community toilets not only from the cleaning point of view, but also the design aspects

Swapnil Chaturvedi (The Poop Guy)

We believe people should live in healthy environments and if they fall sick, the sickness or emergency should not wipe out their life savings.

Swapnil Chaturvedi (The Poop Guy)

We are adding one new communal toilet block every month, that translates to 1,200 monthly users, with half of them being women and plan to influence the lives of at least 25,000 users in 25 toilet block locations by mid-2015

Swapnil Chaturvedi (The Poop Guy)

We have stopped asking the question of why people don’t use toilets. Instead, we focus on why they should. And that is why we believe that behaviour change is key to open defecation

Swapnil Chaturvedi (The Poop Guy)

The previous experiments taught us that context is important while designing solutions. It is critical to understand the pain point. Previous experiments helped in developing the LooRewards model,

Swapnil Chaturvedi (The Poop Guy)

Banning porn is no solution. Because rape is not caused by porn! It is caused by patriarchy, and we cant ban patriarchy!

Kavita Krishnan

Many serial rapists in history including Jack the Riper are said to have been impotent. Castration for rape does not make any sense because it reinforces the wrong idea that rape is about sex, about having makle sexual organs. It is not. It's about male power which society confers.

Kavita Krishnan

Rape is what gets covered in the media but I wouldn’t describe it as being the single largest issue for Indian women. This perspective is problematic. 

Kavita Krishnan

One of the main challenges is posed by the institution of caste. The state as well as industry, and even international capital, has an interest in maintaining caste and caste relationships in India. Control over women’s bodies is central to this. 

Kavita Krishnan

Women play a big role in many important people’s movements and struggles, such as popular movements against land grabs from farmers and indigenous peoples, and of forests by corporations as well as struggles in factories. 

Kavita Krishnan

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