Priya Varadarajan


Priya Varadarajan is the Founder of DURGA, a citizen’s initiative that brings out inherent skills among Indian women and young girls to recognise and deter crime. During the horrific episode in New Delhi that shook the entire nation, Priya felt that there is something that needs to be done with skill building among Indian women to recognise behaviour and identify appropriate and inappropriate behaviour so that they can respond to it. DURGA today is a 5000 plus member initiative, with a team of facilitators working with women across all segments of society, educating women on how to respond to harassment in public spaces all through awareness and preparedness skills.

Priya is keen to empower women in all directions and DURGA stemmed from her not for profit Trust called I’m Every Woman, which works on inspiring aspiring women towards self-employment and entrepreneurship. Through this initiative she brings mentors and aspiring women together and the ecosystem of entrepreneurship so that women have every advantage to build their ideas. A Chartered Accountant by profession, Priya has worked with leading corporate and consulting firms including Deloitte, EY and Infosys and with the British Government leading on Life Sciences for close to a decade. She is presently working as part of the Programme Team as General Manager in the Azim Premji Philanthropic Initiatives (APPI).

An avid reader, traveller and blogger, Tedx Speaker, Priya learns Carnatic music too in her spare time. Priya sits on the core group of B.Pac’s (Bangalore Political Action Committee) Safety initiative called B.SAFE. She feels she is able to follow her dreams purely because of her dedicated fitness walks and exercise and with the power of the Universal Energy – Reiki!

Email ID: Priya@durgaindia.org