Nalini V. Khurana is a Technical Specialist based out of ICRW Asia where she provides technical support on gender research and analysis, program design and content development, and writing. Her thematic areas of work include adolescents’ empowerment, early, child, and forced marriage (ECFM), men and masculinities, and sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV).
Her current work is focused on providing research and programmatic support to the IKEA Foundation-funded project ‘UMANG: Empowering Girls and Ending Child Marriage’, and the GEMS (Gender Equity Movement in Schools – Jharkhand) program supported by Echidna Giving. Additionally, Nalini is providing technical support to an Asian Development Bank funded research study aimed at examining the existing government and private interventions on engaging men and boys for promoting gender equality and social inclusion across sectors (including agriculture, education, health, WASH, transport, finance, and energy). Nalini is also supporting the ALIGN (Overseas Development Institute)-funded exploratory project on developing a feminist framework for engaging with men and boys on gender and masculinity.
Nalini has a background in gender studies, international development and political science. She has published research and writing on various themes including girls’ empowerment, masculinities, gender dimensions of the COVID-19 pandemic, SGBV in public spaces, and shrinking civil society space. Prior to joining ICRW, Nalini worked with the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) at the University of Sussex on research projects related to social accountability, civic space, and women economic empowerment.