Have you been a leader—in school, at play, in the community
or in politics?
• Do you know women in leadership roles in the public or
private sector, or in civic groups of any variety?
us a story about this leadership experience,
or without a photo or two.
Contribute to strengthening
the evidence for women to be included in leadership roles by resolving
to draw attention to how women and girls show leadership
in a myriad visible and invisible ways.
This year, the Prajnya
Archives are inviting your stories—with
or without photographs.
We want to hear stories
• Your experience as a school or college leader—in
class, in extra-curricular activities and in informal activities
• Your leadership at play as a child—did you organize
your building’s Diwali fun?—or in sports.
• Your initiative in setting up a residents’ welfare
association or a neighbourhood watch or cleanliness programme.
• Your role in an anti-corruption or anti-rape protest,
and your leadership work as a political party organizer or in
local government or a trade union or a social movement.
us your story, making sure to
enter the following details:
• The correct name of the woman leader (you or someone else),
places where they lived and worked, and at least approximate dates
for their leadership role.
• A full account, including the title, of the first or most
significant (by any measure) leadership role played by the person.
What did it involve? Who did she work with? What were some things
she did? Were there tangible results? What did she feel about
• As full an account as possible of other leadership roles
We’d also love to read her reflections on leadership and
women as leaders.
If you are sending
us a photograph:
• The photo must be of a woman or women you know in leadership
• Photos are welcome from India, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Maldives,
Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Nepal and Afghanistan.
• The photograph/s must show the subject in a setting that
clearly marks her out as performing a leadership role. Photographs
must be accompanied by as many details as possible – subject’s
name, year/date the photo was taken, what the photo is supposed
• The photo/s must be accompanied by a short or long write-up
about the woman in the photograph – this may be a story
of her experiences in making it as a leader.
• Only high quality photos (at least 300 dpi) will be accepted.
All stories and photos
submitted that meet the basic criteria (i.e. are of reasonable
image quality and come with the required information) will be
published on a dedicated blog of the Prajnya Archives, as a permanent
exhibit and resource for women's history.
What must the submission include to be accepted?
To be complete entries must include contributor's
name, age, address/contact info.
MUST BE SENT TO: firstname.lastname@example.org
illustrations on this page form part of the Prajnya
Archives collection. L-R, they are:
A photo contributed by Prasant Mohanty to the Rainmakers project
of the Prajnya Archives. It features anti-nuclear activist Vaishali
Patil protesting against the Jaitapur nuclear plant.
photo of Lambadi protestors against NREGA in Chikkalalbagh,
Bengaluru, contributed by Mr. Eswarappa to the Rainmakers project.
photo of Mythili Sivaraman at an All-India Democratic Women's
Association (AIDWA) meeting in Tamil Nadu, contributed to the
Rainmakers project by Kalpana Karunakaran.
photo contributed by Prasant Mohanty of a Jaitapur protestor.
This is also part of Rainmakers.