I am not here to delight you’: Indira Jaising and gender justice in India

by | Oct 11, 2015

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Interviewee: Indira Jaising

Indira Jaising (born 3 June 1940) is an Indian lawyer who is noted for her legal activism in promoting human right causes. In 2018 she was ranked 20th in the list of 50 Greatest Leaders of the World by Fortune magazine. She also runs an NGO with the name of Lawyers' Collective, the license of which was permanently cancelled by the Home Ministry for violations of Foreign Contribution Regulation Act. The central government of India accused the NGO of using foreign funds in a manner not mentioned in the objectives of the NGO. However, the Bombay High Court has passed the order to de-freeze the domestic accounts of her NGO. However, this is a small relief as the case still continues in the Supreme Court of India.

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Interviewer: Kira Allmann

Kira Allmann is the OxHRH Communications Director and a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Media Law and Policy at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies at the University of Oxford. Her current research focuses on digital inequality, exploring community-driven grassroots solutions to closing the digital divide. She leads several research projects, using ethnographic methods to study the role of community-owned internet networks, local digital skills training, and public internet access points in promoting digital inclusion. Kira is also a research partner of the Whose Knowledge? campaign, which works to center the knowledge of marginalized communities on the web. She completed her DPhil in Oriental Studies (Islamic World) at the University of Oxford on a Rhodes Scholarship and also holds an MPhil in Modern Middle Eastern Studies (University of Oxford) and a B.A. in Government and Linguistics (The College of William and Mary).

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Welcome to RightsUp, a podcast from the Oxford Human Rights Hub. We look at the big human rights issues of the day, bringing in new perspectives from all over the world by talking to experts, academics, practicing lawyers, activists and policy makers who are at the forefront of tackling these difficult issues.

RightsUp is brought to you by the Oxford Human Rights Hub, providing global perspectives on human rights (oxhrh.law.ox.ac.uk) at the Faculty of Law, University of Oxford, with the support of a grant from The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH), a University of Oxford initiative that seeks to stimulate and support interdisciplinary research.

Written, produced and edited by: Dr Kira Allmann, Max Harris, and Laura Hilly
Music by Rosemary: Allmann.

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