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Gender equality and equity, sustainable menstruation, reproductive health, and removing barriers for women, and men, to be full and participating members of society.
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I grew up in a small log cabin that my dad built in rural Alaska.
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Executive Director & Co-Founder
"Hustle every day"
I am a graduate of Princeton University, with a A.B. degree in Economics and certificates in Gender Studies and Political Economy. After graduating, I worked as a Consultant Deloitte's Federal practice in Washington, D.C. focusing on data analytics, supply chain, and public health. My evenings, weekends, and mornings were spent working as the Executive Director (India) for a non-profit I co-founded as an undergraduate, Pasand. Pasand was inspired by my experience at Udayan Care and my own academic esearch regarding a need to address health education and confidence across India and beyond.
So excited to hear about this partnership with DWS and the incredible evolution of SHRI since first hearing about you in 2012! I know that your team has had to overcome some pretty deep rooted attitudes and behaviors related to sanitation, common uphill battles in public health. Can you tell us a bit more about the unique ways that you have worked with the community to shift behavior and encourage uptake of the toilets?
Thank you so much Ashley Coates - with the largest population of adolescents in the world (in India) it's definitely time for us to understand the incredible power for change that our young people have!
Stephane Leblois Absolutely! Right now we operate on a sliding scale where private schools (CBSE/ICSE/IB syllabus) have set per student rates that we have developed after in-depth market research with parents and schools regarding willingness/ability to pay. These programs along with our trainings, as they continue to grow in scale, will eventually subsidize the other portion of our work that is in government schools, marginalized communities, and rural areas where we operate on a "pay what you can" model. Working on partnerships with CSR/corporations is something we would absolutely love to do and are currently looking for private sector partners that are interested in something a little off the beaten path. The Indian CSR law dictates the organization must be 3+ years old to be eligible (and we are not) so it puts that as a bit of a barrier in the short term but definitely something we are aiming for once we pass that 3 year mark!