2015 Speaker Announcement: Medha Patkar

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Medha Patkar will also be joining us as part of the GSS 2015 programme. Learn more about her work here:

Medha Patkar is a social activist and reformer. Born to social activist parents in India, she grew up to be highly motivated, exceptionally brave and fearless to speak out against social causes. While pursuing doctorate studies in the Department of Urban and Rural Community Development at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Mumbai, she become involved with adivasis, farmers and others to be affected by the Sardar Sarovar Dam in the Narmada River Valley Project. She abandoned her doctoral work to plunge into the Narmada Movement, leading Narmada Bachao Andolan (the “Save Narmada Movement”), which won the Right Livelihood Award in 1991. She founded Ghar Bachao Ghar Banao (GBGB) in Mumbai and has helped to mobilize thousands of slum dwellers to challenge corruption, get private distribution systems for water and amenities in slums. The GBGB movement unearthed the Adarsh Housing Society scam in Mumbai, forcing the resignation of the Chief Minister. The movement has contributed to the evaluation of an alternative housing scheme, exposing the corruption and exploitation of slum dwellers and their land. She has significantly contributed to a process of alliance-building among various organizations working with the urban poor. Adding to her long list of awards, in 2014 she was awarded a Mother Theresa Award for Social Justice.