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WYSE’s approach is to invest in individuals who are likely to make a contribution to the world, and help build their capacity to create sustainable and transformational change in their communities.
From emerging leader to Global Shaper
Agriculture & Gender Specialist Sugandha Munshi
Following the ILP in 2013 Sugandha started working with women farmers as a ‘Gender Specialist” at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI). IRRI is the world’s premier research organization dedicated to reducing poverty and hunger through rice science; improving the health and welfare of rice farmers and consumers; and protecting the rice-growing environment for future generations.
Sugandha has created a programme called the ‘women’s leadership through agriculture reform’ where women farmers can explore their social, economic and individual leadership. She strongly believes that in India youth has an important role to play to reduce and finally end gender inequality and solve women issues. This belief led her to create an initiative called Priyadarshini which acts as a neutral platform to work with youths in Bihar, India, on gender issues where the core message is “lead yourself and influence others for making the world a humane place”, a concept she learned at her WYSE ILP.
Her projects have worked directly with over 5,000 women farmers and the wider impact on the system has reached over 50,000 people. In 2016, Sugandha was named as a Global Shaper, an initiative from the World Economic Forum that recognises young people from across the world who are exceptional in their potential, their achievements and their drive to make a contribution to their communities.