Asmita Ghosh

Feminist Activist
Communications and Digital Advocacy Specialist 

About Me

I am a feminist activist based out of Chennai, passionate about using the tools of digital storytelling to spark social change. My interests lie in media representation of gender, sexual and reproductive health and rights and in making basic feminist theory accessible.
 
I started my career at the digital feminist platform Feminism in India, where as the first and the longest-running employee, I helped build the platform into one of India's largest feminist media platforms. As Campaign Lead, I directed over twenty digital advocacy campaigns on various issues under the feminist umbrella. 
 
I am also a part of various global youth networks, as a Women Deliver Young Leader, an ASAP Youth Champion and a member of the Youth Coalition for Sexual and Reproductive Rights, where I currently serve as the Co-Chair of the Thought Leadership Working Group.
I am currently working freelance as a Communications Consultant. Hire me to run digital advocacy campaigns, create impactful content or proofread your work for ethical and sensitive language.
 

Projects

Over the course of three and a half years as the Campaign Lead at Feminism in India, I have conceptualised, directed and executed over twenty digital advocacy campaigns on a variety of issues under the feminist umbrella, online violence against women, abortion rights, navigating consent & rejection, etc. These campaigns have gained wide traction on the internet, some having a reach of over two million. I have worked with clients that are both non-profits as well as corporate brands, including Oxfam India, World YWCA, High Commission of Canada, Tinder and PUMA. Two of my campaigns have won the Social Media 4 Empowerment Award by the Digital Empowerment Foundation in India. Below, I am sharing some of the projects that I believe represents the best of my work.

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The #GBVinMedia Toolkit​ & Campaign

While at FII, I wrote and published a toolkit for journalists to report gender-based violence sensitively, and then designed a host of advocacy activities to disseminate its findings, including workshops with media students, a crowdsourced art campaign to curate ethical imagery, as well as a larger digital advocacy campaign highlighting ethical journalism standards.

#AbortionMeraHaq Campaign

FII collaborated with Asia Safe Abortion Partnership to host the #AbortionMeraHaq campaign on safe abortion. This campaign featured 40 posters, 17 articles, 2 videos, and continuous social media engagement, all in the course of one month. As Campaign Lead, I innovated the strategy and created and disseminated all the content for this successful campaign.

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The #MyBodyMyMind Toolkit

In collaboration with World YWCA, I worked on a toolkit for young SRHR activists to begin their advocacy journey. The toolkit was edited and designed by me for Feminism in India.

#MyGynaecStory Campaign

The Health Over Stigma campaign by Haiyya looked at the stigma faced by unmarried women at the gynaecologist. They collaborated with FII for the online leg of the campaign, called #MyGynaecStory. Over the course of six months, we shared over 260 such stories of women who reached out on social media of their stories and experiences.

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Talks

This section contains a curated selection of the talks and workshops I have given at various events, seminars and conferences over the years. 

CAC Conclave 2019: Expanding the Discourse on Comprehensive Abortion Care, New Delhi

IPAS Development Foundation

Panellist at talk on 'Amplifying Allies: Leveraging the Potential of Media'

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Missing!: Women In Media (2019), New Delhi

Lady Shri Ram College, Women's Development Cell

Panellist at talk on representation of women in media, with co-panellists including Rituparna Chatterjee and Nishita Jha. 

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Woman Up! Summit 2018, Jaipur

Siyahi & Gemporia

Keynote speaker with talk titled 'Internet Feminist Subcultures'. See full recording of the talk here.

Youth Advocacy Institute, 2018, Sri Lanka

Asia Safe Abortion Partnership

Attended the YAI 2018 on abortion rights advocacy in South Asia, as well as the Youth Advocacy Refresher Institute held in Mumbai in 2019. Returned as a trainer on digital advocacy campaigning for the next cohort at the YAI 2020 in New Delhi.

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Women Deliver Conference 2019, Vancouver

Women Deliver

Digital poster presentation on '#GBVinMedia: Recommendations on the Ethical Reportage of Gender-Based Violence

Digital Citizen Summit, 2018, New Delhi

Digital Empowerment Foundation

Moderator of panel discussion on 'How Do Women With Disabilities Experience The Internet' featuring noted disability rights activists.

Workshop on Gender-Sensitive Journalism, 2019, New Delhi

Feminism in India & Breakthrough India

Co-facilitated an open workshop for media students and professionals on how to critically understand gender-based violence in films and news. 

Workshop on Sexual Pleasure in SRHR Advocacy, 2018, New Delhi

Love Matters India

Attended a two-day workshop on Sexual Pleasure: The Forgotten Link in Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, on centring pleasure in SRHR advocacy.

Gender Faultlines and New Feminisms 2019, Calicut

Zamorin's Guruvayurappan College

Keynote speaker with talk titled 'Online Feminisms: How Women Are Taking Back The Tech'

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Feminism 101 Workshop, 2019

NIT Calicut

Held workshop for 50+ students from an engineering background on fundamentals of patriarchy, feminism and power relations.

Digital Citizen Summit 2018, New Delhi

Digital Empowerment Foundation

Hosted workshop on 'How To Hold A Wikipedia Edit-a-thon And Reduce The Gender Gap'. 

Articles

A selection of articles that I've written and published at Feminism in India. 

Feminism in India, Jan 23 2017

Feminism in India, Nov 23, 2016

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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