Former Quest Fellow Mumtaz Shaikh named one of BBC 100 Women of 2015

Fellowship stories

Shivi Dwivedi

23 November 2015

Former Quest Fellow and leader of the Mumbai Right to Pee campaign Mumtaz Shaikh has been honoured as one of the BBC’s 100 women of 2015.

After decades of women being charged to use public urinals in India, despite the fact they are free for men, Mumtaz succeeded in providing free facilities for women through the Right to Pee network. She ensured 96 toilets were free for women to use in Mumbai and convinced the government set aside 50 million rupees ($750,000) to build female-only urinals around the city.

She is 1 of just 7 Indians on the list and it is hugely well-deserved recognition for one of the most inspiring leaders we know.

The BBC also produced this short video highlighting the work of the Right to Pee (RTP) campaign.

Well done Mumtaz!

Photo courtesy of Marcus Lyon