Krishna Ahoojapatel holds a PhD degree in international relations from the University of Geneva and is a Barrister-at-Law from the Inner Temple, London. She studied Political Science in Aligarh University in India. She is currently UN and ILO representative of Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF).
For several years, Dr. Ahoojapatel worked as a lawyer and a journalist. She has been legal consultant to the Industry Division of the UN Economic Commission for Africa in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) and a staff member at the International Labor Office in Geneva, where her areas of work included employment, migration, labor law and economic development issues. At the ILO, she also worked in the Office for Women Workers’ Questions, where she became the editor of the only UN newsbulletin Women at Work. Krishna was also the Deputy Chief of Research and Training and Deputy Director at the United Nations International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women (INSTRAW), Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. More recently, she was the President of the Women’s World Summit Foundation (Geneva), where she edited their global newsletter called Seventy-Five Percent, and President of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), where she edited the WILPF Newsletter, International Peace Update. In December 2004, Dr. Ahoojapatel was elected the President of the NGO Committee on the Status of Women, Geneva — an umbrella organization to which over 35 international NGOs are affiliated. In January 2005, she received an award on Global Friendship in Bombay (India).
By Krishna Ahoojapatel, Surendra J. Patel and Henry Veltmeyer
These essays cover approximately a half a century from approximately the 1960s to the end of the millennium. Patel begins with a broad review of changes in the world economy in the second half of the twentieth century and then summarizes its main features. “In all his work, Surendra Patel was purposeful in making the science of economics work for the betterment of the human race. He had the rare ability to make economic statistics talk to us, to chart the remarkable achievements of the third world in the four decades following decolonization…”–Kari Polanyi-Levitt, Honourary President of Karl Polanyi Institute of Political Economy, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada.
Insights from within the UN
By Krishna Ahoojapatel
“The richness of Krishna Ahoojapatel’s analysis of the connections between women and the economy comes from the diversity of her engagements as a UN policymaker, an academic and an activist. Her analysis is therefore multidimensional. It is not a historical work, but captures four decades of changes in policies, in paradigms and in women’s lives. It is rare to see such different strands come together in one person and one book.” –Vandana Shiva, Founder/Director, Research Foundation of Science, Technology & Ecology, New Dehli.