Paramita Banerjee is a black-coffee-drinking social activist forever pushing boundaries to enable the most marginalised children to write their own life scripts – in a gender-just world. She opted out of academics nearly three decades ago to pursue this dream. Paramita is the Founder and Chief Functionary of DIKSHA, which grew out of an experiment she had started with a MacArthur Fellowship for Leadership Development. She has been an Ashoka Fellow since 2016. Paramita is recognised as a gender-sexuality expert skilled in research, training and evaluation. She is a Catalyst 2030 member at both the global and national levels.