• Research Interests: Transnational activist at the intersection of gender, social justice, and advocacy
  • Committee: Radhika Balakrishnan, Mary Hawkesworth, Julie Rajan
  • Thesis/Practicum: Practicum, Manira focused on CWGL’s 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based-Violence Campaign to explore the importance that language plays in the process of uniting movements to meet common goals through the use of slogans that capture the mood of the moment and set it within a context.

With a media background spanning over 25 years and spread across all genres of communication, Manira Alva Pinto’s most recent work was scripting the award-winning documentary “Silent Screams- India’s Activism against Rape” which won a New York FIim Award. She produced and scripted several developmental films documenting best practices for UNDP-sponsored initiatives, the rebuilding of earthquake-devastated Gujarat, following women Sarpanch’s and assessing the efficacy of India’s famed self-help-group movement, She has been part of the content guideline team for shows that include the USAID-funded- “Sesame Street India” and the UNICEF-sponsored fictional series like “Jeena Isi ka Naam Hain” which targeted issues related to the girl -child.