Former Program Officer, India
Reecha Upadhyay left the Foundation in December, 2015.
Reecha has worked on gender equality, gender based violence and gender mainstreaming since 2000 when she joined the National Organization for Women – New York City Chapter. Since then, Reecha has worked with UNIFEM (UNWOMEN) on women, peace and security issues. She worked on creating legal response mechanism in crisis and post-crisis situations. Following her time with UNIFEM, Reecha joined UNDP Bureau for Crisis Management and Recovery (BCPR) where she worked on gender mainstreaming within BCPR, developing guidelines on sexual harassment and abuse guidelines for Peacekeepers and gender-based violence programming for country offices. Reecha spent time in South Sudan where she conducted research on how violent masculinities impact reconstruction of social norms in a post-conflict situation.In Sudan, Reecha also worked on disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR) and community security programming.
For the past five years in India, Reecha has worked as a consultant for multiple national and international organizations. She has worked with UNICEF, UNWOMEN, and the ILO on issues ranging from violence against children, child labour and violence against women. She worked with the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue on women’s role in peace-building in post-conflict Nepal.
Reecha has also explored using communication as a tool for social change, and is part of a media collective in New Delhi. The media collective produced two moving short films on gender-based violence as a response to the Delhi rape crisis. These films were used as an advocacy tool during the One Billion Rising campaign and were chosen for the Cinema Corner during the Women Deliver conference in Kuala Lumpur.
Education: Reecha has a BA in Women’s Studies from Long Island University and a MA in International Affairs from The New School University.