Medha Kotwal Lele
Medha Kotwal Lele
Topic – What the hell is Feminism? Is it girls against boys? Feminism is widely misunderstood not only in India but across the world. In
fact, it is a liberating way of thinking for both men and women. Relations
between boys and girls are fast changing today. We need to listen to each
other, talk to each other, to make the world a better place where respect,
dignity and above all freedom is a reality for everyone across genders, castes,
faiths or socio-economic status.
Prof. Medha Kotwal Lele has been actively associated with the Women’s
Movement in western India since 1975. She is a Founder member & Managing
Trustee of Aalochana Centre for Documentation and Research on Women, Pune.
Aalochana is one of the first women’s resource centers in the state of
Maharashtra (1989). Its special contribution has been in providing all kinds of
women centric information in Marathi and not in English alone.
Medha has been involved in conducting training programs for rural women’s
empowerment and leadership under a large UNDP Panchayati Raj project. 33%
reservation for women which came with the 73 rd &74 th amendment of the Indian
constitution opened up this opportunity for thousands of women.
Prof Medha Kotwal holds a doctorate in Political Science from the University of
Pune (1988) and has taught at various local colleges.
She teaches “Social Justice” and ‘Social Entrepreneurship’ at the Alliance for
Global Education, Pune for almost 10 years. She was the Director of a study
abroad program known as ACM (Associated Colleges of Mid- West, USA) 2018-19
She was invited to speak at international conferences including USA, Mexico,
Costa Rica, Kampuchea.
She has been Guest Lecturer at several institutes in Pune, including:
YASHADA (Govt. of Maharashtra’s Training Institute for Civil Servants)
SNDT University, Mumbai; SNDT University.
Karve Institute of Social Science.
ILS Law College.
MIT School of Government.
She has been an NGO Representative on the Sexual Harassment Committee of
Life Insurance Corporation of India. Pune, from 2006 to 2008, and IUCCA from
2015 to 2019.