Lahari Chakraborty

India | Batch 2019-2020

Thoughts on the programme: The reason that I chose this course is that the Master of Human Rights at this University will allow me to further explore my interest in the analysis of the social structure and social inequalities. I am eager to broaden my understanding of the theories and practices related to women and child rights, as my ultimate goal is to be a researcher in this field. The Master will allow me to understand cultures and values from all over the world, which will then help me to analyse a social problem from various perspectives. On the one hand, I want to gain more experiences and specialised skills regarding human rights and its connected global coherences and political dynamics. On the other hand, it is my wish to look at critical voices and discussions about it too. The modules and courses from law, politics and philosophy caught my eye, and it seems to be the perfect combination for me.

My interest for this program is related to my work experience as a social worker. My longstanding interest in Human Rights built within my professional and academic career has had an important role in my way of behaving and thinking. This Master’s degree program, with its legal, philosophical and political focus combined with my pedagogical perspectives and practical experiences is a unique chance, and important step for me to become human rights orientated social worker. I am in search of bringing my career to the next level. I hope to build a career with an international organisation involved with human rights at its fulcrum and its challenges and unpredictability.

The courses are very well structured and properly segregated, which allows us to learn about law, political science and philosophy of human rights in a fundamental manner. The professors make the process of learning very attention-grabbing, engaging the students in interactive sessions and lending their ears to the different points of view that come up in the class. The atmosphere of the classes is remarkable, and there is a lot of help and guidance available from the authorities

Professional background: I have worked in a non-governmental organisation, Indian Institute of Cerebral Palsy as a professional social worker. IICP is an NGO, based in Kolkata, India, focused on bringing about positive changes in the lives of people with cerebral palsy and other disabilities through a range of policies and service provisions designed to enhance their skills and knowledge and give them opportunities to exercise their constitutional rights and fully participate and contribute to the community and country. I worked in the Social Services Department, where my work included support of children and adults with disability across all services and age groups.

I have also been involved in extracurricular activities, and field work which revolved around human rights issues – such as working with the transgender and MSM (men having sex with men) community at an NGO called Lakshya Trust. I have interned as a medical social worker at a government hospital in obstetrics and gynaecology department. There my work spotlighted women’s sexual and reproductive health issues which are related to multiple human rights, including the right to life, the right to be free from torture, the right to health, the right to privacy, and the prohibition of discrimination. I also completed an internship with Schaeffler India, where I learnt about labour laws, factories act, glass ceiling issues etc.


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