Ahalya Ganesh – Women Deliver

Ahalya Ganesh

  • Age: 25
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Oppression often goes unnoticed because of the ways it has been normalised. Let us form solidarities across borders to interrogate, address, and challenge everyday normalcies that keep the many shackled and subdued in the interest of the few.

- Ahalya Ganesh


Ahalya Ganesh is originally from India and currently lives in Finland. Ahalya is working toward a Master of Social Sciences in Gender Studies at Tampere University. As an Intern at Tampere University Foundation, Ahalya is response for literature review, research assistance, editorial work for the research group’s website. Additionally, Ahalya is an Educational Policy Coordinator at Tampere International Global Society Students, Participant and volunteer for Erasmus in Schools project, Ambassador at Ecofemme, India, Founder of Saga, a queer collective in Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Hyderabad, and volunteer at Teach for India.

What ignited your pursuit for gender equality?

Growing up, I saw how ideals of equality were undercut everyday in the ways that people treated my female peers and me differently than our male peers. This pushed me to become more observant of the troubling ways gender norms could cause damage. I began my journey toward gender equality.

Please share your biggest wins as an advocate for gender equality.

I founded Saga, a queer-friendly space, at my alma mater when I noticed how queerness was belittled. After the first meeting where we collaboratively came up with ways of normalizing queerness on campus, two peers remarked how they had never before felt so seen. That is my biggest advocacy win!

Outside of your gender equality advocacy work, what do you enjoy doing?

I enjoy reading non-fiction, engaging with political satire, cooking for leisure, and singing, and playing music.

Languages Spoken:

  • English (Advanced/Native)
  • Hindi (Advanced/Native)
  • Tamil (Advanced/Native)
  • Malayalam (Intermediate)
  • Finnish (Elementary)
  • Telugu (Elementary)

Speaks On:

  • child sexual abuse
  • invisible GBV
  • sexuality and gender identity

Past Awards, Certifications, or Fellowships:

  • JN Tata Endowment for the Higher Education of Indians (2019)
  • Tampere University Scholarship (2019)
  • Teach for India (2018)
  • International Women's Health and Human Rights on Coursera
  • Gender-Related Violence in the Landscape of Global Vulnerabilities Master's Course at University of Oulu
  • Feminist Methodology Master's Course at Tampere University
  • Grassroots: Theorising Activism Master's Course at Abo Akademi University
  • Genders and Sexualities Master's Course at Tampere University
  • English and Social Science Teacher

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