Subhalakshmi N.



My career spans 13 years in women's rights, empowerment and gender equality in the Asia Pacific, on mainstreaming gender in laws, policies and programmes, with a focus on ‘leaving no one behind’, and on intersections between economic and social policy. My most critical learnings and expertise are drawn from the experience of organising and advocating for rights of Dalit and rural tribal women of South Asia, and mainstreaming the marginal voices into macroeconomic analysis, engendering of social protection, addressing issues of informal economy, vulnerable employment and unpaid work, and in securing rights of women farmers. My current work responsibility is a temporary 6-month assignment for which I have been seconded by the UN Women office in India to be based at the UN headquarters in New York. I am Policy Specialist at the UN Secretary-General’s High Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment, where I am closely engaged in working on issues of women’s rights and economic justice. My biggest assets are my experience and expertise on women’s rights, and passion for working on gender issues, particularly at the intersection of economic and social policy. Other areas of my work include international development cooperation, multi-stakeholder engagement, research, policy advocacy and strategic partnerships. In my current work I continue to draw strength and learnings from my former grassroots experience, and from civil society networks and women's movements.


  • gender
  • human rights
  • economic policy
  • civil rights
  • work
  • india
  • Sectors
  • Funders
  • Countries

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