Key People


Sarita Ranchod has more than 20 years of international experience working at the intersections of women's and girls' rights and empowerment, persistent inequalities and social justice. She has an abiding interest in understanding power and expressions of freedom. She provides technical assistance and strategy advice; facilitates strategic processes; designs and implements capacity strengthening initiatives; undertakes evaluations, assessments and reviews; and offers specialist research, writing and editing services. Committed to contributing to a freer, more just world, she supports organisations to be more effective at what they do.

Her areas of technical experience include women and girls' rights and empowerment, including adolescent girls and young women; genders, sexualities and human rights; HIV/AIDS; gender based violence; strategic social change communications; voice, inclusion, influence and accountability. 

Sarita works at local, regional and global levels with several UN agencies; international development cooperation organisations; local and international NGO's; research and academic institutions. She taught in the Journalism and Media Studies department at Rhodes University, South Africa; was a Research Associate of the African Gender Institute at the University of Cape Town; and was commissioning editor of the Rhodes Journalism Review.

As a Nelson Mandela scholar, she read for an MA in Gender and Development at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, United Kingdom. Her undergraduate degree in Political Studies and Journalism & Media Studies is from Rhodes University, South Africa. Her approaches are influenced by creativity, intersectionality, feminist and holistic ways of being and doing. She is widely published in her areas of interest.

Sonja BoezakSonja Boezak's work focuses on strategic facilitation; curriculum, learning and knowledge resources development (including on and offline toolkits, curriculum development, roadmaps and manuals); capacity development; evaluations and reviews; research management and practice; and technical writing and editing. 

  • She has 25 years of experience at local, national, regional and international levels using a feminist lens for focusing on gender equality, womxn’s and girls’ empowerment, C4D, and GBV. She works at different levels of influence and engagement with significant evaluation, facilitation, research, technical and capacity development assistance experience, including working with NGOs, INGOs, academic institutions, and international development and research organisations. 

She works to support civil society organisations become more effective at what they do. Sonja's approach is holistic and infuses creativity, healing practices and innovation in how she supports individuals, organisations and communities to achieve the objectives of a just, equitable, equal, respectful society.

Her work includes facilitating sensitive and strategic engagements and dialogues, using creative, feminist practices to support reflection, healing and communication. Sonja has substantial experience designing integrated, context-appropriate strategies, action plans (local, regional, global), research and evaluation frameworks, and conducting and managing research and evaluation activities including multi-country, complex assignments (using qualitative, quantitative and mixed methodologies).

She holds an MA in Philosophy from Stellenbosch University, South Africa;  has published extensively, and made documentaries in her areas of interest.

Under the Rainbow collaborates with a select team of quality associates globally, including film-makers, researchers, editors, writers, facilitators, communications and knowledge experts, gender, women's and human rights specialists, and 'techies' and trainers on an as-needed basis.