Born in the Bharatpur district of Rajasthan, Sunita Kasera grew up in a middle class family who supported her education and encouraged her to become an independent woman. The traditional mindset in this part of the country can be very different, often disapproving of working women. After her graduation from Jaipur University, Sunita married and soon became a mother of two children. Her in-laws insisted she stayed at home.In her spare time, Sunita joined an NGO Sathya Naval Development that helps provide access to basic human rights to rural communities in Rajasthan. Here, she learnt about Video Volunteers’ IndiaUnheard programme, a community news service that relies on a network of trained correspondents to report and take action on social issues in their own communities like poverty, injustice and inequality. Excited, Sunita signed on to work as a community correspondent and attended the necessary training to develop critical thinking, activism and video journalism skills.
Working at the local press agency, she is proud to be the only woman working in this area and focusses her time in helping women and children access their basic human rights. Today, Sunita is the sole breadwinner of her household and is helping many become aware of their rights through her informative videos.
Main story: Initially, she was scared to travel alone and in voicing her opinion in front of people, but her husband encouraged and supported her in her journey.
Quote- “I have been recognised and appreciated for my hard work in this field and I carry on doing so. My deceased father who passed away last year must be at peace as I fulfilled his dream of being an independent working woman.”