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As it is International Womens Day, we are celebrating the achievements of Restless Women we work with. Ritu will be representing Restless Development at the 63rd Commission on Status of Women. This year, the themes are Social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure for gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls.

I have always dreamt of going to the United Nations ever since I first read about it in a school textbook! I am grateful to Restless Development for providing such a lucrative and wonderful opportunity to represent them. Being a social worker, specialising in women and children, nothing could be more beneficial for me other than attending, listening and speaking in this commission. This event really is redefining the scope of work of a young social worker like me. Knowing that I’ll be able to see how international commission takes place and what people discuss over there in New York at the UN fills me with excitement.

When I completed my graduation in journalism and mass communication, I never thought of working as a social worker. After fieldwork as a reporter, I realised that it wasn’t enough for me to just write about problems, I wanted to help solve them as well.

After my graduation, I pursued a Masters degree in social work and began to work alongside my studies. I have worked with several NGOs including Action Aid, Jatan Sansthan and Bodh Shiksha Samiti. Most of them are working for women and children. Currently, I am working as a secretary for the non- governmental organisation, All India Welfare society.

I completed my masters last year and began to work with restless development in July 2018 as a youth accountability advocate. My focus area is sexual violence against women and men in colleges and university. Sexual violence is quite prevalent in colleges and uni’s but often we are not aware of it. I came across an incident that happened with my friend and that motivated me to choose the issue as my focus area.

When I was told about the chance to attend the Commission on the Status of Women in the UN with Restless Development, I jumped at the opportunity.

As a woman working for women empowerment I am fervently waiting for my arrival at UN headquarters.

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