I have worked to promote and protect human rights, particularly those of women, in China, the United Kingdom, the United States and countries in west Africa over the past ten years. The last five years of my work life have been focused on post-conflict countries and peacebuilding. I am active in Go Feminist, Black Feminists and am a co-editor of the New Left Project.
I currently work on issues of human rights and building peace in Nigeria so I am based in Abuja, but I continue to be linked to what is happening in India and the UK.
My activism is directed towards linked liberation and aims to incorporate (*black) feminist, anti racist, anti-fundamentalist, post colonial, queer and socialist analyses. I recognise that we live in a world of interlocking hierarchies and oppressions and believe that it must be part of our feminist mission to dismantle all of these. As a result, I seek to actively work to combat ableism, ageism, class privilege, heteronormativity and homophobia, racism, sexism, transphobia and all other forms of discrimination and prejudice.
In addition to all of that, I love diving, surfing and anything else in the water, hiking and long distance bus and train journeys and am obsessed with the TV series Supernatural (yes, I know) right now.
Contact: chitra.rao.nagarajan [at] gmail [dot] com
* A note on language: I use black in the political sense of the term. It denotes strength and solidarity in the shared past and continuing experiences of imperialism, slavery, resource extraction, inequality and power imbalance of all those descended (through one or both parents) from Africa, Asia (i.e. the Middle East to China, including the Pacific nations), Latin America, the original inhabitants of Australasia, North America and the islands of the Atlantic and Indian Ocean. It does so while acknowledging and celebrating our difference and diversity.