Name: Subhadra Belbase
What she does: Country Director of Plan in Uganda – an initiator of change, an inspiration to all she works with and a relentless gender equality activist
Impact: Gender-awareness training in the Plan office, an initiative to help girls out of commercial sex work
Nominated by: Anshu Rastogi
Subhadra is the Country Director of Plan in Uganda. She has worked in the field of development for nearly 30 years and became the first female regional director of Eastern and Southern Africa for Plan before moving into her present role. Her catalogue of accomplishments is not the only reason, Subhadra, has been nominated by her colleagues; Subhadra is an initiator of change, an inspiration to all she works with and a relentless gender equality activist.
“I was emotionally strained for some time while I reflected on how I could bring about change. As an outsider I clearly saw and felt that women were treated as inferior objects and that women were their own worst enemies, because they accepted this behavior in silence.”
Ugandais known for its patriarchal culture and strong male bias focus, Subhadra, immediately went to work to lessen the divide between the genders, by implementing gender-awareness training and reflections in the Plan office, then widening the reach by channelling this energy into other female- orientated projects in the communities Plan is working in. These include, an initiative which helps girls out of commercial sex work and into alternative livelihoods, schools funding providing text books and scholastic materials for girls and programmes offering girls sanitary towels so they don’t skip classes during menstruation.
Her endless passion, energy and drive make her a formidable force in the world of gender equality. She touches those that are lucky enough to meet her and continues to work tirelessly, to change the status quo, never asking for thanks or praise.
She has influenced people in such a positive way creating waves of life-changing circumstances for all.