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About us

The Equity Foundation was registered under the Societies Registration Act 1860 on 26th March 2003. The Organisation is also registered under 80-G, 12-A and FCRA.

The Forum consists of Executive committee and advisory committee.

Executive Committee Members


Dr. Renu Ranjan (Chairperson)IMG-20160526-WA0017

Head of Department

P.G. Center of Sociology

Magadh Mahila College

Patna University

Phone:  09334128460

Dr. Renu Ranjan is the Head of department PG Center of Sociology Magadh Mahila College Patna University Bihar since 1974. She did her master thesis on socioeconomic characteristics of Non-voters in Bihar and obtained her PhD in 1984. Her substantive research focuses on Scheduled caste community. She is a leading figure and Professor of eminence in gender studies, and writes on issues of women, equality and difference with a special reference to the study of social change.  She has been  instrumental in introducing two Vocational Courses on Women Studies and Population and Development in Sociology Department.

Ms. Nina Srivastava (Executive Director)

Phone: + (0) 612- 2270171

E-mail: equityasia@gmail.com

Ms. Srivastava is a Political Science Honors Graduate from Patna Women’s college. She was employed as Development Executive and Documentation officer with the Swiss Red Cross Programme Coaching Unit [SRC-PCU], Patna, India from June 1999 till January 2002. She is an ex-Member of Steering Committee on Women & Child Development for Planning Commission of India (2007-2012). She has earlier worked as an Assistant Supervisor in the Access Services, Olin and Uris Library, Cornell University, an Ivy League University in United States of America from July 1996 to August 1998.

She is also a member of advisory group- Education Resource Group (ERG) formed by Aga Khan Foundation, India  to provide strategic direction and technical advice to their education project  .  Besides this she is also a Member of Women Power Connect (An alliance of women’s organizations, nongovernmental organizations and individuals working with a special focus on women, girl children and under privileged). She has also worked as the State Point Person Bihar for the Leadership for Result Programme (L4R) of UNDP-TAHA in collaboration with HIV & Human Development Resource Network (HDRN). She has over 10 publications in different newspapers and journals which include ‘Denial of existence’- a case study on the plight of ‘musahar’ women in the most backward areas of Bihar. She presented a paper on the plight of Musahar women in Bihar titled ‘Denial of Existence’ at a regional conference organised by Indian Association for Women Studies (IAWS) at Kolkata. Her other works on ‘Indecent Portrayal of Women in Media’, ‘Life in hell’ – on the spot study on the plight of sex workers in Chaturbhujsthan – Bihar’s biggest red light area, ‘Witchunt’- based on witchcraft killings in Bihar and Jharkhand- published in leading British magazine ‘Women’s Journal’ and ‘The reel and the real woman- the role of law and media in projecting women’- published in THE HOOT a south Asian electronic journal. Her paper on ‘An ethnographic study on women in prostitution in Bihar’ was presented and published at Forum 9 (Bombay) Global Forum for Health Research (September 12-September 16 2005). Her paper titled ‘The Bad Karma’ was presented at society for working life’s IVth  International Congress Secretariat held at New Delhi (27th  November – 30th  November 2005). The ‘Missing Women’ among the ‘survivors’: Where are they? Was accepted for a poster presentation at the conference “Research on Workplace Health & Safety: From the Core to the Margins”, an international conference of Safety Net and the Canadian Association for Research on Work and Health (June 7-10, 2006 at Memorial University in St. John’s, Newfoundland & Labrador, Canada). She was invited to present a paper during the scientific meetings of Research Committee 32, Women in Society (WISISA), to be held for the XVI International Sociological Association World Congress in Durban South Africa, (July 23 through 29 of 2006). The theme for RC 32 is The Quality of Social Existence and Resistance in a Globalization World. “Women in Panchayati Raj- Gandhi’s dream of Feminising Politics” will be presented in the session on Gender and Public Sociology and has been accepted for future publication. She was also invited to present a paper on Women in the history of Eastern India at Indian Association for Women Studies Calcutta.

Manju Srivastava (Finance Controller)

Phone: 0612- 2523621

She is a Bachelor of History and is actively associated with the activities of the Foundation.

Dr. Madhurima Raj (Member)

Phone:  09431084505

She has done her Masters in History from Patna Women’s College. A postgraduate diploma holder in Journalism and Mass Communication Indira Gandhi National Open University {IGNOU}, she is working as an Ad- hoc Lecturer for Women Studies in Magadh Mahila College, Patna University. She is a PHD on ‘Violence and the vocabulary of resistance’: a study in women’s history in the context of 20th century Bihar’. She is also a Casual News Broadcaster in All India Radio, Patna. She pursues her interest in freelance journalism.

Dr. Rachna Sahay (Member)

Phone: + (0)612- 2273727 [H]

She is a Master and PhD. in Zoology from Patna University and presently working as a Lecturer in the Department of Zoology in Patna Women’s College.

Ms. Rita Verma (Member)

Phone: + (0) 612-2270516

She is a Bachelor in History. She is working for the social upliftment of women belonging to Tharu tribe in Champaran district. She is also working for the physically handicapped people in Champaran district of Bihar and regularly donates free wheel chairs and crutches to the disabled people every year.

Ms. Tushima S. (Member)

Phone: + 91-657- 6450561

She is an Honors Graduate in English. A diploma holder from National Institute of Fashion Design (NIFD) and E- Commerce from National Institute of Information Technology (NIIT)

Advisory Committee

Professor Walter Hauser

Professor Emeritus

Modern History

University of Virginia

Professor Ronald J. Herringherring

Professor of Government

Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

Chair, Department of Government, l993 – l996

Director, Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies l996-2002 and

John S. Knight Professor of International Relations

Professor Stuart Corbridgestuart

 Asia Research Centre

Professor of International & Development Studies and Head of Institute

Pro-Director for research and external relations, London School of  Economics. 

He is a member of the Court of Governors and Council. As pro-director, his major areas of responsibility include the promotion and development of the School’s external activities and relations, strategic alliances, research and academic innovation, and alternative income streams. He serves as chair or is an active member of the principal committees in these areas. His academic research is focused on governance issues in eastern India, the political economy of international development and the history of development thought.

Professor Anne Phillips FBAAnne-Phillips

Professor of Gender Theory

The Gender Institute and Government Department

London School of Economics

Advisory Board Member

Center for the Study of Human Rights

London School of Economics

Dr Wendy Sigle-RushtonWendy_Sigle-Rushton_big


Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion, Social Policy Department

London School of Economics

Dr Sigle-Rushton’s is an economic demographer and has worked on a variety of issues related to child fostering, child health and single parenthood in both historical and contemporary societies. Her recent publications have focused on the potential impact of proposed welfare reform policies in the US and the living arrangements of new parents. Dr Sigle-Rushton’s current research interests include the social networks and social isolation of young adults who have been in care as children or who became young parents, with a particular emphasis on the differences by gender. She has also carried out comparative work on lifetime gender and motherhood gaps in pay and on policies that attempt to address work life balance.

Ms. Florence Hauser

Medical Illustrator


Ms. Meera Mishra

Senior Policy Advisor

Constella Futures,

Essential Advocacy project,

New Delhi

She is Responsible for overall policy research and plan as technical partner in the implementation of Avahan, the India AIDS Initiative of the Bill and Melinda gates Foundation. She was previously Senior Policy Specialist, HIV/AIDS Practice Team, UNDP Regional Centre, (Colombo), Senior Programme Officer, UNDP HIV and Development Programme for South and North East Asia, New Delhi, India, Specialist Migrant Rehabilitation Officer, Sydney, Australia, Resettlement Expert, World Bank National Highway Project, India, Specialist, Adolescent and Reproductive Health, CEDPA ( Centre for Development and Population Activities), India, President , Akanksha Samiti, Agra, India, Consultant , UNICEF, Lucknow, India, Consultant, NOVIB, India, Specialist Community Participation and Community Health, Indo Dutch Environmental and Institutional Development Project, Kanpur, India.

Ms. Subhashini AliSubhashini_Ali

Ex-Member of Parliament

Social Activist

Member- All India Democratic Women’s Association (AIDWA)


Ms. Flavia Agnesflavia

Activist Lawyer in Maharashtra High Court

Visiting Professor

National Law School Bangalore

Dr. D. P. Verma

Retired Sr. Professor of Law

Banaras Hindu University (BHU)

Mr. N.R. MohantyMOHANTY

Director – Institute of Mass Communication

Dainik Jagran , New Delhi


Ms. Payal KumarPAYAL

Vice President, Editorial & Production

SAGE Publications India Pvt. Ltd

B-1/I-1, Mohan Cooperative Industrial Estate

Mathura Road, Post Bag 7, New Delhi 110 044


Mr. Pranav ChowdharyPRANAV

Senior Correspondent

The Times of India


Consultants/Resource Person

Professor Saileshwar Sati Prasad

Retired Head of Department of English

Patna University

Mr. Raghuvansh Kumar Sinha

Ex- Secretary

Department of Panchayati Raj

Adviser, State Election Authority


Dr. Rakesh Chaubey

Eminent Researcher

Ms. Shahina Perveen

The Hunger Project

Ms. Anjita Sinha


Rashtriya Sahara, Bihar

Rajiv Ranjan

Control and Compliance Focal at IBM India

New Delhi Area, India

Information Technology and Services Industry

Administrative Wing

Rahul Kumar

Chief Operating Officer

Dipendra Kumar

Manager Programmes

Kumar Saurabh

Manager Finance

Typist and data compilation

Sunil Kumar

Sumit Kumar

Office Staffs

Mr. Mahesh (Peon)

Mrs. Ramdulari (Peon)


Mr. Neerad


Mr Pawan


Hindustan, Bihar




Mr. Pankaj Agrawal

Mr. Vikas Agrawal (Agrawal Cards)