Get to know the fabulous people behind the magic at One Future Collective!
Nishma Jethwa, Program Director, Feminist Justice
Tell us about yourself!
I’m a gender rights activist and UK-trained lawyer. I have been working in India for about three years. I co-founded and ran an NGO looking at formal and community-based systems of justice for 10 years before joining OFC. I have a diverse lens when it comes to social change so I also work on projects around business and human rights, exploitation of labour, technology-mediated violence and amplifying the voices of communities of colour. I am a feminist and I explore what that means everyday. I try to ground myself through a developing yoga and meditation practice. I travel and read to learn. I love dancing!
Tell us about what you do at One Future Collective.
I’ve recently joined One Future Collective as the Program Director for Feminist Justice. This includes co-creating and delivering a number of programs that look to share the theory and practice of feminism and it’s relevance to legal justice work. I’m also a co-founder of the Sanskaari Girls Book Club, a place for curious minds to explore South Asian feminism writing.
Why One Future Collective?
One Future Collective has always stood out to me as an organisation that tries to live its values, even when that is the most difficult thing to do.
Your favourite One Future Collective memory.
Oddly enough, I really enjoyed the first Townhall (full team meeting) where everyone was able to contribute ideas, work together and generally feed off and share each other’s energy.
What inspires you?
Young women of colour globally who continue to fight for the rights of marginalised groups and continue to push themselves to be better despite the social, political and economic challenges.
Top three book/song recommendations or both.
Current faves — (songs) Cold by Novo Amor, Talkin’ About a Revolution by Tracy Chapman, and Ai Du by Ali Farka Toure; (books) The Good Immigrant by Nikesh Shukla, A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki, and Feminist Fables by Suniti Namjoshi.
Mapping and negotiating power
Uncuff India Episode 10: Dimensions of conflict and peace: visioning a utopian world
Uncuff India Episode 9: Civic space and dissent: A pathway to social justice