Poonam is the Founder and Director of SWATI (Society for Women’s Action and Training Initiatives) and has over 17 years of experience in a leadership role working for gender equality, women’s empowerment & leadership. She bridges the divide between practitioners and academia. She has been involved in policy formulation; has written for newspapers and magazines and published papers and research. Her latest work is a study on shelter homes in Gujarat and she has co-edited the forthcoming ‘From A Feminist Lens – Women’s Voices, Mode Of Campaigning And Non-Violent Ways Of Resistance’ being published by Zubaan. Poonam was awarded the Dame Nita Barrow Distinguished Visitorship for 2014 at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto.