“Sexuality is an invisible issue for the invisible disabled minority”: Shampa Sengupta

A photo of Shampa Sengupta holding a small brown dog in her arms.

An interview with disability rights activist Shampa Sengupta.

Shampa Sengupta is a Kolkata based activist working on gender & disability issue for more than 25 yrs, she is the founder of advocacy group called Sruti Disability Rights Centre & is Executive Committee Member, National Platform for Rights of the Disabled (NPRD).

She started her work-life by organising Kolkata’s first ever parents group of intellectually disabled children. She later worked with Crisis Intervention centre for women and also worked as Principal of Computer Training centre for the Visually Impaired. Though trained in special education, Shampa also worked for inclusion of children with disabilities.

She is associated with Women’s Studies Centre at Jadavpur University and Calcutta University and is a life member of Indian Association of Women’s Studies. Presently, her focus is on policy level changes for women with disabilities and has been working on making Indian laws and policies on women pertinent to lives of women with disabilities.