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Shipra Deo Director, Women and Land

Why I am passionate about Landesa’s mission:

Having worked extensively in the rural context, I understand the power of owning a piece of land, especially for a woman.  It can help her assert herself as an individual and give her strength to combat various forms of violence and exclusion in her life.


Shipra Deo leads Landesa’s work to strengthen women’s land rights in India. She is a development practitioner with more than 20 years of experience in managing multidisciplinary programs addressing women’s empowerment, women’s land rights, violence against women, agriculture, collective action, livelihoods and institution building. She has experience working with international agencies such as UNDP, USAID, and BMGF, and has also worked with state governments and national as well as grassroots organizations.  She has worked closely with development projects in South Asia, Africa, and Central Europe with the focus on gender mainstreaming.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Gender Mainstreaming
  • Women’s Empowerment
  • Training and Capacity Building
  • Livelihood Promotion
  • Program Management
  • Community-driven Development
  • Participatory Processes


  • MA in Gender and Development
  • M.Sc in Environmental Sciences
  • B.Sc honors in Agriculture and Animal Husbandry

International Experience:

  • Armenia
  • Bangladesh
  • Ethiopia
  • India
  • Kenya
  • Tajikistan


  • Hindi, English