Urmi es licenciada en Sociología y Máster en Trabajo Social por el Tata Institute of Social Sciences (Mumbai).
Urmi Basu (Kolkata, India) has devoted her life to fighting for childs rights and for social justice for the marginalized community of women in prostitution and survivors of trafficking and gender based violence.
In 2000, Urmi set up a small non-profit named New Light in Kolkata’s red light district, Kalighat. The mission of the organization was to promote gender equality and fight violence and abuse of women, girls and young people. That tiny initiative today provides care and support to a couple of thousand people. The organization also works to fight against child prostitution and trafficking for the purpose of sex- trade, child labour and bonded labour.
Urmi’s significant contributions for social justice and her promotion of compassion and peace have been recognized in numerous occasions: ‘Global Citizen Award 2012’ (New York); ‘Make A Change Award 2011’ (New York); and ‘Unsung Heroes of Compassion 2009’ blessing from His Holiness The Dalai Lama (San Francisco). Furthermore, Urmi was selected as the NGO co-ordinator to make a presentation on micro credit, women’s participation in gender sensitivity and health issues during the visit of the former President of the United States Bill Clinton to Kolkata (2001).
Urmi has a degree in Sociology and a Masters degree in Social Work by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (Mumbai).