May and June
I hope you're doing well! I know this update is a little late, but I'm blaming this heatwave - all I can think of is ice cream and lemonade! How are you doing?
I wanted to reach out, share some exciting updates from the past two months, and what I'm looking forward to in July and August.
It's been fairly quiet so I'm focussing on client work, which is a nice break from the spring.
Image: Mughal Emperor Shah Alam II negotiates with the East India Company (public domain).
In May, I was invited to speak on a panel about the role of DEI in evaluation, hosted by NPC and the Clothworker's Company. The latter organisation has been 'protecting' the British textile industry for the last 500 years. If you know your history, you will know that this industry would not exist without the colonial exploitation of my country, India, since the 1600s. Many members of the Clothworker's Company were also founding members of the East India Company.
I address this shameful hypocrisy and a lot of the uncomfortable truths about our histories that we need to reconcile with! You can watch the recording of the seminar here.
I also worked with the Taso Foundation in Georgia. They wanted my expertise in mainstreaming feminist approaches in both their MEL and programmatic work. Taso is a Georgian foundation and women's rights organisation. They work across the country and use a community-based empowerment approach. We had an engaging workshop discussing the important philosophies in feminist MEL, and prioritised a few key ideas for the next year.
Over the next two months:
On a personal front, I'm super excited about my summer holidays, taking time off in July and August to enjoy the sun here in Barcelona! I have family visiting so that's just the break I need. It would not be summer without an ambitious reading list, so what's on yours? I am re-reading 'The Sandman' comics as I eagerly await both its release in August and 'The Rings of Power' in September!