Kudrat Dutta Chaudhary

Kudrat Dutta Chaudhary

Kudrat Dutta Chaudhary, is graduate of the LL.M Program of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy where she concentrated in Gender in International Laws. At Fletcher, Kudrat was involved as a research assistant with Save the Children and Dr. Prof. Dyan Mazurana to build a concept note of creating a database for child brides in Humanitarian Settings. She was a staunch voice against gender violence and headed Fletcher Global Women whilst co-directing the Fletcher LEADS- Leadership, Equality and Diversity Program, both to bring gender parity on campus and to promote a culture of discussions on issues like gender violence and its various detrimental effects on women and how they can be solved. She was also the Events Chair for the Harvard Law School Negotiators for which she planned and organized trainings and speaker events on Negotiations. Kudrat is a trained mediator from MWI, Massachusetts and The Australian Disputes Center, Sydney.

Prior to joining Fletcher, Kudrat worked for Jurisconsultus wherein she dealt with matrimonial cases especially working on women's rights issues and served as a consultant for a think tank called Bhajan Global Impact Foundation to help set their organizational priorities at its inception. She is a published novelist and her debut novel came out in 2016 which is about human trafficking and the sexual exploitation of women after the Nepal Earthquake of 2015. Kudrat has completed her B.A LL.B from the Army Institute of Law, Mohali and while she was at AIL she along with her Professor conducted a research on women prisoners of Burail Jail to see whether the crimes that were committed by them were committed due to what the rational choice theory supports or were there situational factors involved.
She was also one of the Founders of a non-violent movement called 'Stop the Shame' which was aimed to fight gender violence and bring gender parity. Its on the basis of this, Kudrat was selected to study 'Leading Non Violent Movements for Social Progress' by the Harvard Kennedy Executive Program. At the same time, she also pursued a course on 'Leadership and Governance' at Punjab University, India and interacted regularly with Dr. Kiren Bedi (India's first woman Police Officer), Kailash Satyarthi (Nobel Prize Awardee) and many others on policy changes that India needs for better governance.

Kudrat has been a student of Criminology and Criminal Justice and International Relations at Kings College London and of Corporate Law and Governance at the London School of Economics. She has served as a Consultant for Australian Progressives on the issue of Refugees, International Law and the Australian Law and researched for the Ministry of External Affairs, India on the issue of Commercial Surrogacy and its effect on rights of surrogates in India.

Kudrat is dedicated to working for persecuted communities and believes that they deserve a chance at life in a safer and a healthy environment where they can live the life they dream off. She feels that her purpose in life is to empower women against gender based violence so that they can live a life of dignity, peace and respect.

Languages: English, Hindi, Punjabi, Urdu