Executive Director, Centre for Catalyzing Change
Dr. Aparajita Gogoi is the Executive Director, of Centre for Catalyzing Change (formerly CEDPA India). Dr Gogoi is a political scientist with over 20 years of experience in program management, advocacy campaigns, and defining approaches and strategies for policy issues, especially young people’s health and rights.
She is passionate about women’s health issues and has been an advocate for safe motherhood and believes that surviving childbirth is a fundamental right of every woman. She is also the National Coordinator of the White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood, India (WRAI) and a former elected member of the board of the Global WRA.
She played a pivotal role in conceptualizing and implementing Center for Catalyzing Change’s widely known scaled up programs on inclusion of SRH education for young people in schools. In her current role, Aparajita has been instrumental in scaling up SRH programs, being implemented by Education Department in the states of Jharkhand and Bihar in India, covering more than a million young people in the last 5 years. She is currently also leading SRH and life skills programs reaching more than one hundred thousand out of school girls every year.
Under her supervision, the organization is also implementing projects that address the issue of gender based violence aimed at impacting attitudes and raising awareness of laws and support services for women/girls facing violence.
She holds a PhD (International Politics), from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and a Post graduate diploma in Journalism. She has been accorded recognition for her work in various forums- on 8th March 2011, Guardian, UK, marked International Women’s Day by selecting 100 of world’s most inspiring women, and Aparajita Gogoi was named as one of these 100 women.