- January 15, 2017
- Sight and Life
As a passionate advocate of gender policy, one of my first projects was to evaluate a government scheme to increase female labour force participation in rural Odisha, India. Women between the ages of eighteen and twenty-five were recruited into skill development centres to receive vocational training and become breadwinners for their families. They were often the first ones in their families to venture out of the village. On my first visit, I remember being overwhelmed by a sense of disbelief and outrage- each centre I visited was full of girls who should have been in upper primary school. I indignantly called my project director to report child labour practices and our ensuing conversation is what first helped me understand the power of nutrition.
My director informed me that they were in fact, not school-age girls but rather women who had been denied basic nutrition at their most critical periods of growth and development in early life, which had stunted their physical growth. I quickly realized that access to and knowledge of proper nutrition had held these women back in so many ways and that working in nutrition would be one of the most meaningful ways in which I could advance gender policy.
“Working at Sight and Life means being part of an organization that puts innovation at the center of all its work. I love being part of a global team that’s constantly pushing the envelope on and shaping thinking around the most important issues in the nutrition.”
– Madhavika Bajoria
At Sight and Life, I hope I can bring my experience in multi-sectoral partnerships, program management and advocacy to amplify the important work being done to advance knowledge and implementation in nutrition. I am most excited about the unique opportunity I have here to integrate nutrition across sectors, especially those that most impact development outcomes for women.