Manjula helps run Breakthrough’s office, trainings, programs, and events in Karnataka. In particular, she facilitates human rights trainings for youth and Anganwadi workers and develops curriculum modules for various groups. She knows she’s in the right place when she hears workshop participants say things like — as one woman recently did — “We learned that nobody will give us our rights. We have to demand them.” Manjula brings to Breakthrough experience in administration, environmental management, urban development, and field organizing/entrepreneurial training for female workers. She holds an MA in sociology and a BA in Kannada literature, sociology, and history. She is an active member of Karnataka State Trainers Collective, which supports individual and institutional efforts to foster progressive values and equal opportunities. Manjula and a team of friends publish a children’s magazine called Simpani, for which she also writes articles and poems.

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