About Japleen Pasricha

Japleen smashes the patriarchy for a living! She is the founder-CEO & editor-in-chief of Feminism in India (FII), an award-winning digital intersectional feminist and bilingual media platform. She is also a TEDx speaker and was recognised as a Young Innovator in 2018 by World Summit Awards.

Japleen has Masters and M.Phil degrees in German Studies and used to be a German language lecturer at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and Amity University, Noida. Prior to starting FII, she worked with multiple women’s rights NGOs in India like Breakthrough India and Point of View. She has also worked with Freedom House, a non-profit based in the USA, on a research report and advocacy campaign on gender-based violence online.

She has represented FII at various international platforms like UN CSW, Rights Con, IGF, Amnesty Int, UN HRC, Stockholm Internet Forum, to name a few. She was featured by The German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development in a book on ‘Women in Tech’ for her work at FII and facilitated by Maneka Gandhi and Ministry of Women & Child Development, GoI as Web Wonder Woman. She has also been recognised by the Swedish Foreign Minister for her work on the gender gap on Wikipedia.

Currently, Japleen oversees the strategic vision and growth at FII. She likes to garden, travel, hike, swim and cycle and is slowly moving towards a sustainable lifestyle.

Awards & Recognition

  1. TEDx Speaker 2018
  2. World Summit’s Young Innovator Award 2018
  3. Featured in ‘Women in Tech’ book by German Ministry for Economic Cooperation & Development
  4. Felicitated as #WebWonderWomen by the Ministry of Women & Child Development, Govt. of India
  5. Recognised by the Swedish Foreign Minister for er work on the gender gap on Wikipedia.

Publications

  1. Violence Online in India: Cybercrimes Against Women & Minorities on Social Media; a research report published by FII and supported by Freedom House
  2. Chapter: ‘Writing women into Wikipedia’ in The SAGE Handbook of Participatory Research and Inquiry, September 2021
  3. Essay: ‘An Accidental Ambition’ in ‘Big Mistake: An Anthology on Growing Up and Other Tough Stuff’, Penguin Books, June 2021
  4. Chapter: ‘Gender Politics and the State of Women Empowerment: A Feminist Perspective’ in the book ‘How Liberal Is India?’, Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom, South Asia, May 2019
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