The CSEM Advisory Group

Santosh Kumar Giri

Santosh Kumar Giri

Director, Kolkata Rista

Dr Santosh Kumar Giri is the Director of Kolkata Rista, a transgender community-based organisation working for gender and sexual minority (LGBTH) communities in India.

Santosh has extensive experience in facilitating workshops and trainings for the community on issues such as health, sex, sexuality and gender, human rights, sexual health and gender-based violence. She also works on issues related to empowering women, combating trafficking and various campaigns, including Zero Tolerance, Stop Gender-based Violence, Right to Food, One Billion Rising ,16 Days of Activism and Fortnight Activism.

She is the first transgender activist working for women and girls issues and Engaging men and boys for Gender justice.

She is on the steering committee of Men Engage Alliance South Asia (MESA), member of the Global Men Engage Alliance, CBO representative on the Steering Committee of UHC 2030, member of INFOSEM, member of Wada Na Thodo Ahiyan, Right to Food Campaign, GCTA (global coalition of TB activists), focal person for India Eastern Region of TBT (Touched by TB) and many more.