Nandita Pradhan Bhatt

Nandita Bhatt is a well-known civil society practitioner, with more than 25 years of experience in the space of gender inclusion and prevention of sexual harassment against women.
Nandita Pradhan is the Director of Martha Farrell Foundation. She is responsible for programme delivery and management of the Foundation. She also heads the gender programmes in PRIA. She has over 25 years of experience with promoting gender inclusion in organisations, governance and development programmes, gender mainstreaming, gender sensitisation and prevention of sexual harassment of women in the organised and unorganised sector in India. Nandita has personally trained more than 20,000 employees across more than 40 national and international organisations, including Airports Authority of India (AAI), Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), Mitsui India Pvt. Ltd., HDFC Bank, British Council Management Services.


Awards and Recognitions
YourStory’s 100 Emerging Voices of 2019
Nandita writes about women’s safety, prevention of sexual harassment, and legal provisions surrounding sexual harassment. She has written about the tendency of workplaces protecting the accused when it comes to dealing with cases of harassment in the organisation, and the need for any organisations to set up an internal complaints committee where grievances can be appropriately addressed. She has also written about a study that Martha Farrell Foundation conducted in 655 districts across India about setting up a local committee—only 29 percent of respondents said they have set it up. She questions political parties on whether women’s safety and prevention of sexual harassment is part of their manifestos, and when they will take it seriously. In one of her stories, she has suggested five ways to ensure gender equality in the workplace, which include assigning job responsibilities based on competence, not gender - most places are biased towards men, paying equal wages and benefits, setting up clear criteria for hiring, raising awareness among employees about stereotypes, and the need for organisations and leaders to be accountable for their actions.