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Varsha Thebo

2017 Fellow

Founder of SARTY


Varsha Thebo grew up in a small town in Pakistan and is a Public Health and English Literature graduate from Agnes Scott College. She is the one and only recipient of the Global Leadership Scholarship from Pakistan, and also the only Pakistani nominated by the UNAI/UNHATE Foundation to work for the promotion of interfaith harmony in rural Sindh. Varsha is the founder of SARTY, a small-scale organization based in the Umerkot district of Sindh, Pakistan. Varsha has worked with several local and international organizations, including the Center for Peace and Civil Society, Pakistan Institute of Labor Education and Research, Global Village Project and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Her work mostly revolves around female education and empowerment, youth political participation, health rights, LGBT rights and refugee education. She has worked as a mentor and motivational speaker at various women’s organizations, such as The Harpswell Foundation in Cambodia and Refugee Women’s Network in the United States. Varsha has previously been a fellow at World Innovation Summit for Education. Through that platform, Varsha advocated and worked towards trans-rights in Pakistan and Cambodia.