Hemlata Verma is the Senior Technical Specialist at International Center for Research on Women’s (ICRW) Asia Regional Office in New Delhi, India. She has nearly 10 years of experience in the field of gender and development with particular expertise in gender mainstreaming, primary prevention of gender-based violence, and sexual and reproductive health rights of adolescent boys and girls.
Hemlata has experience in planning and implementing research and evaluations of programs, and has led these processes for many of ICRW’s research projects. She has engaged in the process of designing research as well as intervention programs as part of the evaluation of pilot models tested by ICRW with adolescent boys and girls on the primary prevention on GBV, VAWG, Violence in Childhood (VIC) and SRHR.
Hemlata has worked with wide range of partners, including the MacArthur Foundation, United Purpose, Oak Foundation, and the Institute of Fiscal Studies London and Pradan. She believes in the power of the social movements and has worked with people’s movements centered on the rights of indigenous communities regarding land and natural resources in different parts of Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh. She also has experience in labor rights with trade unions in Mumbai; civil liberty rights in Jammu and Kashmir; and the women’s movement in Himachal Pradesh.
Prior to joining ICRW in 2014, Hemlata worked as a journalist for over six years with a national daily news outlet, The Indian Express. She covered and wrote on social and political issues concerning the state of Himachal Pradesh and New Delhi. She holds a Master’s in Social Work from Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai and a Master’s in Journalism and Mass Communication from Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla.