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Reetu has been working in the remote areas of Middle Himalayan ranges, in India, with the gender, participatory and the rights based approach for the last 15 years on the issue of People’s rights over their Resources and Knowledge system and protection of Cultural and Biological diversity.
This work is being done very closely with the Women, Indigenous communities and the Marginalised, at the grassroots level. In addition, Reetu has been working at the Policy Advocacy level to mainstream the issue of People’s Knowledge and their rights in the policies and programs of governance particularly related to Community Food and Nutrition security and Climate Change.
Besides this, Reetu works to mainstream, sensitise and build up the capacity of the organizations on the issue of Gender, Food Security, Climate Change and Sustainable Livelihoods. She received her Masters in Management followed by a Doctorate in Environmental Management.
Ms. Sogani on the importance of women:
“Women are the holders and practitioners of traditional / local knowledge, users, preservers and managers of diversity of all forms. Unfortunately their knowledge, wisdom and experience in the climate change mitigation and adaptation still remains untapped. It is about time we stopped seeing women as just victims of Climate Change. They could be vital in turning around the development paradigm and become powerful agents of change.”