Sarita Ranchod

  • Director, Under the Rainbow: Creative Strategies for Positive Change
  • University of Sussex, Human Rights, Social Studies


Watch Sarita being interviewed on eNCA here. Sarita is primarily interested in exploring freedom’s frontiers, creatively and professionally. Her work involves intersectional engagement with women’s and girls’​ rights ; gender justice; sexualities and human rights; HIV/AIDS; persistent and structural inequalities; exclusion; voice, engagement and participation; accountability; and civil society capacity strengthening. Clients include UN agencies, international development cooperation organisations, local and international NGOs; and research, academic, activist and media entities. Sarita is the Director of Under the Rainbow, a social justice organisation that advances women and girls’ rights, operating locally, regionally and globally, with a particular interest in sexual and gender-based violence. Sarita is also a sculptor and writer. Her essay, Border Crossings is published in the Anthology of African creative non-fiction, Safe House. Another essay, African Feminist Uprisings: Getting our Knickers in Knots is published in Feminist Africa and she had a visual essay, engaging with sculpture and disability, published in the Agenda feminist journal. She has also been interviewed on eNCA, published in the Mail & Guardian, City Press and Rhodes Journalism Review, where she was commissioning editor.

Greatest Achievement

Living a full creative and professional life despite sustaining a permanently disabling injury in 2003.

Professional Interests

Facilitating strategic, reflective and social change processes globally; Facilitating creative expression for healing; girls and women’s rights: technical assistance; human rights, sexualities and diversity; Black feminist creativity, knowledge and cultural production. Supporting civil society organisations to be more effective at what they do. Exploring the frontiers of freedom.