I am Maja Daruwala, Executive Director of international human rights organization CHRI. AMA.
Hello Reddit. I'm Maja Daruwala, and I have been the Executive Director of the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) since 1996. (I've also been a British Airways flight attendant and an Indian Supreme Court lawyer, although not simultaneously.)
CHRI is an international NGO (headquartered in New Delhi, with offices in Ghana and London) that advocates for good governance and the building of open societies. The issue-areas we focus on include police and prison reforms, sexual minority rights, and the right to information. We are an information hub and a watchdog, engaged in pre-legislative consultation and post-legislation advocacy with lawmakers and opinion-makers globally.
My work has taken me all around the world. Please feel free to ask us anything about police and prison reform, the transformative power of the right to information, LGBTI rights, press freedom, the Commonwealth, airplane food, the operations of an international NGO in shifting circumstances, or anything else of interest. If you're interested in our work, please join us on Twitter and Facebook.
Pl note: that I work a heavy schedule and usually can reply only after working hours and spend about 45 minutes on this. Pl make allowances for time differences as well. GMT+5.5