Jashodhara is a senior policy advocate, training expert and researcher with over 31 years of experience working on women’s health and rights issues in northern India, as well as nationally and internationally. She co-founded the women’s health organization SAHAYOG in 1992 and led it for 12 years with a unique combination of community-based participatory approaches, research and high-level policy advocacy, drawing upon a strong background in feminist approaches to women’s health issues. She has also co-founded and worked with other feminist groups such as AALI and HUMSAFAR in Lucknow, UP.
In the two decades post-ICPD, Jashodhara has emerged as one of the leading civil society advocates on rights based approaches to reproductive and maternal health, and has anchored several civil society advocacy platforms, such as Healthwatch Forum, the National Alliance for Maternal Health and Human Rights, and the International Initiative on Maternal Mortality and Human Rights; as well as served as Convenor for the Medico Friend Circle.
She has conducted several studies and has published papers in books and peer-reviewed journals. As a public health policy advocate, she has been invited by the Government of India through the erstwhile Planning Commission to serve on the high-level Expert Group on Universal Health Coverage; as well as been engaged with the National Human Rights Commission (India), the Human Rights Council (OHCHR, United Nations), and the Lancet-University of Oslo Commission on Global Governance for Health.