Swarnima Bhattacharya

Country representing

India

Languages

Hindi
English

Education

  • University of Delhi
  • M.Phil

Current organisation

TheaCare: Women's Health Companion

Current role

Founder, Director

Skills and Expertise

Activism
Community management
Social entrepreneurship

Areas of interest

Business
Health
Leadership
Media
Sustainable Development

Website & Social Links

I am passionate about

Actions

I have been a development professional working on gender, housing, sanitation with United Nations in India, and other organisations. When I started my own organisation, TheaCare, and as a Women Deliver Young Leader, my team and I used the digital medium to reach out to thousands of people, in addition to our on-ground work. We did campaigns on Equitable Access to Bathrooms, Body Image and Maternal Mental Health, wherein we conducted exhaustive surveys, produced meticulously researched reportage. As part of the work we do at TheaCare, we are also working extensively with sex workers in sexual and reproductive health, and disease prevention. This demographic is legally, medically, socially ignored in society, and find it impossible to access healthcare. There are barely any avenues for rehabilitation for sex workers, when it comes to their health and bodies. Another area of deep focus for us, is older women’s health, a demographic that is dealing with a range of issues such as menopausal depression, Urinary Tract Infection, vaginal dryness etc. Older women are also socially invisibilized. In countries like India, the moment women are past the reproductive age, they are systemically neglected. We are taking small steps to change that. In each and every case, we facilitate doctor consultations, and regular follow-ups. We have a network of doctors whom we have chosen carefully through exhaustive personal testimony of patients, who have attested to the doctors’ gender-sensitivity and expertise in dealing with patients from exploited, marginalised and conflict areas. Our digital presence will soon be there in vernacular languages, so that a wide diversity of women are able to access the necessary resources.