who we are
Sarita Ranchod and Sonja Boezak, co-founders of under the rainbow, have been collaborating professionally for almost 20 years.
We use our complementary skills to advance socio-economic and gender justice at global, regional, national and local levels. This includes collaborations to address persistent inequalities, and advance the social inclusion of marginalised groups. We do the work we do to contribute to creating a more just, equitable, global order. We believe another world is possible, and that inequality is not inevitable.
We value imagination and creativity as powerful strategic tools for creating a better world, and strive to engage holistically in everything we do.
Sarita has 25 years of international experience working at the intersections of women's and girls' rights and empowerment, persistent inequalities and social justice.
She provides technical assistance and strategy and policy advice; supports movement-building; facilitates strategic processes; designs and implements capacity-strengthening initiatives; undertakes evaluations, assessments, and reviews; and offers specialist research, writing and editing services.
Her areas of technical experience include women and girls' rights and empowerment, including adolescent
girls and young women; social inclusion; genders, sexualities, and human rights; gender-based violence; strategic communications to amplify voice, and influence change; HIV/AIDS; and accountability.
Sarita works at local, regional and global levels with several UN agencies; international
development cooperation organisations; local and international NGOs; research and academic institutions.
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's work focuses on strategic facilitation; undertaking evaluations and reviews; research management and practice; technical writing and editing; strategy development; curriculum design, learning and knowledge resources development; and capacity strengthening.
Her work includes facilitating sensitive and strategic engagements and dialogues, using creative, feminist
practices to support reflection, healing, and communication.
Her approach is holistic and infuses creativity and innovation in how she supports individuals,
organisations and communities to achieve the objectives of a more just, equitable and respectful society.
She has 25 years of experience using a feminist lens for focusing on gender equality, womxn’s and girls’
empowerment, communications for development, and gendered violence. She works at different levels of influence and engagement, including
with NGOs, INGOs, academic institutions, international development, and research organisations.
Sonja has substantial experience designing integrated, context-appropriate strategies, action plans, 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
has made documentary films in some of her areas of interest.