Darooka, Priti

Committee: Jennifer Jones, Charlotte Bunch
Post-MA Employment/Education: Executive Director, Programme on Women's Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights
Thesis/Practicum: Thesis: Creating Asian Women Space on the Rutgers Campus
Priti Darooka is the founder and executive director of PWESCR (The Programme on Women's Economic, Social and Cultural Rights). Working in partnership with diverse groups and networks, she continues to provide support and is part of several initiatives on women's poverty, right to livelihoods including right to land, social security and right to food. With expertise on the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, she works closely with the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) and various UN rapporteurs. She has assisted women from civil society groups from several countries to participate in CESCR review process. She was previously at the Ford Foundation, in New York and assisted the Foundation in its grant making in the areas of International Human Rights; Women's Rights and Gender Equity; and International Economic Policy. She also helped the Foundation in the creation of ESCR net and in linking works of feminist economist with human rights advocates. Prior to the Ford Foundation, she was at UNIFEM (United Nation's Development Funds for Women) where she worked on violence against women indicators and assessment and coordinating UNIFEM's work in Afghanistan. As a consultant to the Center for Women's Global Leadership, she organized a women's rights hearing at the UN conference against Racism in Durban, South Africa