Cynthia Stephen is an independent social policy researcher, analyst and an independent journalist. She is also a well-known trainer on gender, policy and development issues. She has written a number of articles for newspapers, magazines, and journals as well as contributed chapters to several books. Her body of work includes leadership in several people’s initiatives for justice and women’s empowerment groups among others, dealing with perspectives of women and girls from marginalised sections in India. She represents three marginalised sections herself: – as a woman, as part of a religious minority (in India), and also for being identified with the Dalit community.