I was born and brought up in Kashmir, India. As a woman growing up in a conflicted land, like thousands of others, I closely learnt of the dispute's impact on gender in particular, and education and livelihood in general. I have four years of work experience in both the corporate and development sector. As a corporate social responsibility professional at TELUS International, my focus was to make education accessible to thousands of less privileged children. Prior to that, my role as a programme coordinator for a local NGO positioned me to facilitate the implementation of a scheme of the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Government of India, which aimed to impart skills to neo-literate youth and women from the tribal community, subsequently generating livelihood opportunities.
I am keenly interested to explore and understand the critical role that humanitarian access, gendered violence and education have in armed zones like Kashmir. The pen is mightier than the sword and, with my MPP degree enhancing my policy understanding, I am confident that I will be able to intervene to improve the situation in Kashmir.