who we are
Sarita Ranchod and Sonja Boezak, co-founders of under the rainbow, have been collaborating professionally for more than 20 years.
We use our complementary skills to advance equity and inclusion, and socio-economic and gender justice at global, regional, national and local levels. This includes collaborations to address persistent inequalities that are often systemically and structurally embedded, to 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 more than 25 years of global experience working at the intersections of diversity, equity and the inclusion of marginalised groups; women and girls' rights and empowerment; and persistent inequalities and inequities.
She provides strategic advisory services and technical assistance; undertakes evaluations, assessments and reviews; facilitates strategic and learning processes; and offers specialist research services to advance positive social change.
Sarita works at local, regional and global levels with several UN agencies; local and international NGOs; international development agencies; philanthropies; and policy, 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 guided by the desire to contribute to creating a more fair and just world; integrating creativity, a lived understanding of 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 and experiential learning; providing policy advisory services and technical assistance; undertaking evaluations and reviews; and strategy development for transformative social change.
Her work includes facilitating sensitive and strategic engagements and dialogues, using creative and feminist
practices to support reflection, research, learning and curriculum development for transformative social change.
Her approach is holistic and infuses creativity and innovation in how she supports advancing more just, equitable and respectful societies.
She has more than 25 years of experience using participatory and feminist lenses for gender equality, womxn’s and girls’ rights and empowerment, communications for change, and social inclusion of marginalised groups. 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 evaluations 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 documentary films in some of her areas of interest.