Asia

Priti Prabhughate

Priti
Prabhughate
Technical Specialist, Gender and HIV
Bio: 

Dr. Priti Prabhughate is a Senior Technical Specialist at the International Center for Research on Women’s (ICRW), Asia Regional Office. In this role, she functions as a thematic lead on HIV-related research, by designing studies on HIV and parallel topics such as stigma and discrimination. She also provides technical support across teams in managing projects, developing tools, and supporting data evaluation and analysis.  

Priti has more than seven years of research experience in the fields of HIV/AIDS, sexuality, stigma and discrimination, gender-based violence and sexual health – with a special focus on working with sexual minority communities in India. She has experience in building capacity, designing and conducting research with community researchers using participatory learning tools, and using evidence to conduct advocacy with stakeholders, such as health providers and law enforcement.

Priti also brings extensive training in psychology and social work, which equips her with a psychosocial perspective in understanding various phenomena. Her training in human behavior and application of its various theories to research helps her conceptualize research topics in a broad ecological framework. It is this aspect of her work that she is most enthusiastic about since it allows her to conceptualize, plan and analyze all of her research activities at multiple levels from the individual to the community level to the structural level.

ICRW’s approach to women’s empowerment is particularly resonant for Priti as a researcher. Her various research projects on HIV and on stigma in particular, have framed gender as a structural factor that disempowers women and discriminates against women at multiple levels.

Prior to joining ICRW in 2011, Priti worked with the Mumbai community-based organization Humsafar Trust, a male sexual health agency that seeks to prevent HIV among the gay, bisexual and transgender population. She functioned in multiple roles during her professional career at Humsafar, from counselor to ultimately leading the research unit at Humsafar Trust, where she played a pivotal role in guiding setting up IRB at the organization and developing proposals to international donors for research on sexual minority communities.

During her career, Priti has worked with international donors such as the National Institutes of Mental Health and United Nations Development Program as well as Indian government departments such as the National AIDS Control Organization and local partners, including Humsafar Trust, Swasti and St. Xavier’s College.

Contact Priti at pprabhughate@icrw.organd follow her on Twitter @pritiprabhughate

Expertise: 

HIV and AIDS, Violence Against Women, Advocacy and Policy Engagement

Languages Spoken: 

English (fluent), Hindi (fluent), Marathi (fluent), Konkani (fluent). Kannada (proficient), Gujarati (proficient) and German (proficient). 

Education: 

Priti holds a doctorate in social work from the University of Illinois-Chicago and a master’s in social work from Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Mumbai. She also holds a master’s in psychiatric social work from the National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro-Sciences in Bangalore, and a bachelor’s in psychology from Mumbai University.

Nizamuddin Khan

Nizamuddin
Khan
Technical Specialist
Bio: 

As a Technical Specialist in the International Center for Research on Women’s (ICRW) Asia Regional Office, Dr. Nizamuddin Khan leads the design and implementation of research projects on reproductive health that address gender inequality and violence against women. He has nearly 16 years of experience as a social science researcher, with expertise in designing research studies, conducting large-scale quantitative surveys, and monitoring and evaluating public health projects.

With a background in statistics and demography, Nizamuddin has a wide range of research competencies, including conducting gender analyses of field programs, carrying out both quantitative and qualitative participatory studies, leading randomized controlled trials and translating research evidence into practical guidance for program practitioners and policymakers.

Nizamuddin is passionate about grounding his work in public health in a broader framework that takes into account gender disparities, gender-based violence and human rights. At ICRW, he has been involved in several projects in South Asian countries.

Nizamuddin has extensive experience working with a wide range of donors and partners, including United States government agencies such as the U.S. Agency for International Development, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, national nongovernmental organizations and research institutions, including the International Institute for Population Sciences (IIPS) in Mumbai, Tribhuan University in Nepal and the University of Indonesia. 

Prior to joining ICRW in 2013, Nizamuddin was a Senior Program Officer at Population Council. He has also worked as an Operations Research Manager for Futures Group International, as a consultant for the World Bank in New Delhi, and as a Senior Research Officer at IIPS where he primarily was involved in large-scale sample surveys.

Contact Nizamuddin at nkhan@icrw.org

Expertise: 

Population and Reproductive Health, Violence Against Women, Research and Analysis, Monitoring and Evaluation

Languages Spoken: 

Hindi (fluent) and English (fluent)

Education: 

Nizamuddin holds a doctorate in population studies and a master’s in population studies from IIPS in Mumbai as well as a master’s in Statistics with Computer Programming from the Bundelkhand University, India. 

Abhishek Gautam

Abhishek
Gautam
Technical Specialist
Bio: 

As a Technical Specialist in the International Center for Research on Women’s (ICRW) Asia Regional Office, Abhishek Gautam provides technical support across ICRW research teams in designing research studies, managing projects, developing monitoring tools, supervising data collection processes, and supporting data evaluation and analysis. He has more than eight years of research experience in the field of monitoring and evaluation, specifically in the areas of HIV, reproductive, maternal and child health, adolescent health, violence against women, water and sanitation and gender.

A statistician by education, and demographer by profession, Abhishek brings expertise in managing large scale datasets, carrying out advanced level statistical analysis, preparing reports, presentations and publications of research and project findings. He also has hands-on experience in training and building partners’ capacity in data management, analysis and presentation.

Through his work at ICRW, Abhishek aims to illustrate issues that need immediate policy and programmatic efforts in order to promote gender equality and reduce gender-based violence. Recently, he carried out studies on masculinity, gender based-violence and son preference in Nepal, Vietnam and India, in which he demonstrated key links between masculinity, men’s attitudes towards gender equality, childhood experiences and intimate partner violence. Abhishek also has conducted quantitative evaluations for a variety of research projects, including one that assessed safe public spaces in New Delhi and another that focused on water, sanitation and hygiene in Uttar Pradesh.

Prior to joining ICRW in 2011, Abhishek worked in the monitoring and evaluation unit of FHI360 in New Delhi, where he managed the Integrated Behavioral and Biological Assessment of the Avahan program in the state of Maharashtra, and provided technical assistance to the partner, the Indian Council of Medical Research. He was also responsible for the overall data management and analysis of the evaluation study, which was carried out in five states of India. It was one of the largest HIV programs implemented at such a scale. 

Abhishek has worked with a diversity of international donors throughout his career, including United Nations Population Fund, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and UN Women, as well as local partners such as Rajiv Gandhi Mahila Vikas Pariyojna, Shramik Bharti and Jagori.

Contact Abhishek at agautam@icrw.orgor on Twitter at @abhishekgautam

Expertise: 

Engaging Men and Boys,Violence Against Women, Population and Reproductive Health, Measurement and Evaluation, Research and Analysis

Languages Spoken: 

English (fluent), Hindi (fluent), Bengali (basic), Marathi (basic). 

Education: 

Abhishek is currently pursuing a doctorate in statistics from Banaras Hindu University (BHU) in Varanasi, India. He holds a master’s in philosophy degree in population studies from the International Institute for Population Sciences in Mumbai, India, and has a master’s and bachelor’s degree in statistics from BHU. 

A Mother’s Death Costs the Family Dear

Fri, 04/18/2014
IRIN

Maternal mortality takes a clear physical and emotional toll on families worldwide, but what's the economic cost? ICRW research on the high economic cost of maternal mortality in Kenya is featured in IRIN's article on how important maternal health is to families and economies.

Maternal mortality takes a clear physical and emotional toll on families worldwide, but what's the economic cost? ICRW research on the high economic cost of maternal mortality in Kenya is featured in IRIN's article on how important maternal health is to families and economies.

Impact on Marriage: Program Assessment of Conditional Cash Transfers

Impact on Marriage: Program Assessment of Conditional Cash Transfers

Priya Nanda, Nitin Datta, Priya Das
2014

In India, in addition to having a laws and many large civil society programs to delay early marriage, the government over the past fifteen years has initiated multiple national and state sponsored conditional cash transfer3,4 (CCT) programs with the direct or indirect aim of delaying marriage among girls (Sekher 2010).
 
The first such program was called Apni Beti Apna Dhan (ABAD), or “Our Daughter, Our Wealth.” Developed by the Government of Haryana in 1994, the scheme aspired to enhance the value of girls. ABAD, which operated between 1994 to 1998, is one of the first CCTs targeting girls, implemented systematically by an Indian state. To our knowledge ABAD is also unique among all large-scale CCT interventions in India, in that beneficiaries faced a protracted 18-year period before receiving any cash transfer, as the conditionality was explicitly based on delayed marriage.
 
The International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) designed a rigorous evaluation of the ABAD program and collected data from beneficiaries and comparable non-beneficiaries in 2012, just prior to them turning 18. A second round of data will be collected in 2014, after the older girls have reached 18, to measure the effect on delayed marriage as well as to understand the cashing out process and how the benefit has been used. This research brief describes the findings from the first survey implemented in 2012-2013. The main outcome of interest is the educational attainment of beneficiary girls versus comparable non-beneficiary girls.
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Safe Cities Free From Violence Against Women and Girls: Baseline Finding from the "Safe Cities Delhi Programme"

Safe Cities Free From Violence Against Women and Girls: Baseline Finding from the "Safe Cities Delhi Programme"

Nandita Bhatla, Pranita Achyut, Sancheeta Ghosh, Abhishek Gautam, Ravi Verma
2013

In 2010, UN Women launched the “Global Programme on Safe Cities Free of Violence against Women and Girls,” in partnership with UN-Habitat, leading women’s organizations, and global and local partners in five pilot cities across the world, including Delhi. The aim was to prevent sexual violence in public spaces. The Safe City Delhi Programme is a collaborative effort by UN Women, UN Habitat, the Government of Delhi and the Indian non-governmental organization, Jagori. The International Center for Research on Women is the evaluation partner.

The first systematic household survey on sexual violence in public spaces was conducted in October and November 2012 as part of the evaluation of the Safe Cities programme. The programme baseline survey establishes key benchmark indicators of perceptions, attitudes and behaviours related to sexual violence that will be used in assessing progress after the first two-year phase of this pilot programme.

For the purposes of this study, we asked about a broad range of behaviors and divided the responses into five categories: 1) Sexual harassment (Sexual comments and jokes, whistling, leering or obscene gestures), 2)Flashing/exposing of men’s genitalia, 3)Stalking, 4) touching or groping women’s breasts or buttocks, and 5)sexual assault. (in this context referring to physically aggressive sexual attack) 

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Why tensions are soaring in Mother (in-law) India

Mon, 02/17/2014
TheStar.com

TheStar.com interviews ICRW's Nandita Bhatla, a senior technical specialist, about the domestic violence women face from their in-laws.  

TheStar.com interviews ICRW's Nandita Bhatla, a senior technical specialist, about the domestic violence women face from their in-laws in India.

Fertility Awareness for Community Transformation (FACT)

ICRW is working with the Institute for Reproductive Health (IRH) at Georgetown University, Population Media Center and Save the Children on the USAID-funded Fertility Awareness for Community Transformation (FACT) Project, which aims to improve fertility awareness and expand family planning access in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia through communicating actionable, life-course-appropriate information about fertility, enabling individuals and couples to apply this knowledge to their own circumstances and needs. ICRW will work with the FACT team to integrate gender considerations into all aspects of the project, which will, in part, contribute to a greater understanding of whether and how expanding access to fertility awareness-based methods allows for greater uptake of family planning and reduces unintended pregnancies.

Duration: 
2013 - 2018

Violence Against Single Women: Access to Justice and Entitlements

This research project aims to strengthen the evidence base on single women’s experience of violence and violation of their rights, their use of relevant laws and policies in seeking justice, and the strengths and shortcomings of existing policies and programs to address their needs in India.  In the context of this research, single women consist of never married, separated, widowed and divorced women.

ICRW researchers are collecting quantitative and qualitative data from single women and service providers in three states – Jharkhand, Himachal Pradesh and Maharashtra.  This information will be used to produce a fact sheet and policy brief that describe the situation and lay out policy and program recommendations for government and civil society to better meet the needs of this particularly vulnerable, yet often overloooked, group of women.  

Duration: 
2013 - 2014
Location(s): 
India

Combatting Practices Harmful to Women and Girls in Nepal

Empowering women and girls is not only the right and fair thing to do, it also makes economic sense. Countries that invest in promoting the social and economic status of women tend to have lower poverty rates than those that do little to address gender inequality.

In many countries, harmful practices, such as child marriage, increase the discrimination and stigmatization of women and girls at different stages of their lives, contributing to their marginalization and low social and economic status.

Working in partnership with UNFPA Nepal, ICRW is documenting and analyzing key harmful practices in the country, and based on this information, formulating strategies to combat them by engaging men and boys, parents and communities.

Duration: 
2013 - 2014
Location(s): 
Nepal
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