PROGRAM MANAGER, OBOS GLOBAL INITIATIVE
Email: ayesha [AT] ourbodiesourselves.org
Ayesha Chatterjee joined Our Bodies Ourselves in 2006. As program manager for the OBOS Global Initiative, she co-pilots OBOS’s mission to bring evidence-based, culturally sensitive information to women and girls around the world.
Her leadership has directly resulted in the development and use of resources based on “Our Bodies, Ourselves” in 12 languages and counting. She considers working with the tenacious women and men behind these projects her dream “job” and is committed to the organization’s engagement with its growing global network of social change allies.
Ayesha is a DONA-certified postpartum doula and loves supporting new mums and their growing families. Her experience includes mothers recovering from cesarean sections and postpartum hemorrhage, single parents, parents of twins, mothers with perinatal emotional complications, and parents with babies born through gestational surrogacy.
She was a member of the 2011 “Our Bodies, Ourselves” editorial team and is a current member of the editorial team for DONA’s quarterly publication, “International Doula.” She was also a past board member of the Eastern Massachusetts Abortion Fund and a current board member of the Boston Association for Childbirth Education (BACE-NMC).
Prior to OBOS, Ayesha worked as a counselor and trainer on sexuality and reproductive and sexual rights in India. Her experience includes evolving communication protocols, defining documentation standards, and using client information to drive research for helpline services.
She has also developed modules and facilitator support materials for trainers working on adolescent health and sexuality in rural and urban communities, and served as a consultant to Care International in Tajikistan on a pilot violence-against-women project. She holds a master’s degree in clinical psychology.