Srilatha Batliwala is a feminist activist and researcher who is currently Scholar Associate with the Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID), a leading international women’s rights organization. Srilatha has worked for gender equality and women’s empowerment for the last 40 years through grassroots activism, advocacy, research, training, building theory from practice, and capacity building and mentoring of young women activists.
Up to the mid-90s she focused on building movements of poor urban and rural women in India, particularly in the slums of Mumbai and backward districts of Karnataka state. She then moved into research, advocacy, grant-making and bridging the worlds of theory and practice in several premier international institutions, including: as Civil Society Program Officer in the Ford Foundation, New York; as Civil Society Research Fellow at the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations, Harvard University; and since 2007, with AWID.
Srilatha has published nearly 50 major articles, research papers and books on women’s empowerment, transnational civil society, women’s movements, feminist leadership, and monitoring and evaluation of women’s rights. Her most recent publication is a collection of her past twenty years of key writings, Engaging with Empowerment – An Intellectual and Experiential Journey (January 2014, New Delhi, Women Unlimited Press). She is based in Bangalore, India.