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  Devaki Jain  
   
 
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Devaki Jain (1933- ) moved from being a lecturer in economics at Delhi University to found The Institute of Social Studies Trust that pioneered analysis of gender in poverty. In 1984 she convened the first meeting of third-world women social scientists and activists in Bangalore that led to the founding of Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era. She has been a member of advisory committees, expert and eminent persons groups for such UN organizations as UNIFEM, WHO, FAO, ILO, UNESCO, UNICEF, UNDP, and UNFPA as well as for national committees in preparation for the UN world conferences on women. She was born in India and educated there at the Mysore University and in the UK at Oxford University. Her many publications include the book for the UNIHP series, Women, Development, and the UN: A Sixty-Year Quest for Equality and Social Justice.

 

 
   
 
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