Philo Magdalene captures the stories of POP youth from around the world driving extraordinary grassroots action and writes about their contextualized environmental efforts that thrive on passion and leadership. Aside from her contribution to “Stories that Inspire”, Philo’s involvement with the POP Movement centers on providing communication support among others. Having found communication to be her forte, Philo has been part of the documentation process for conferences like “Civil Society and Community Consultation on Universal Health Coverage” jointly organized by the country office of WHO and UNAIDS, and “Youth Consultation on Sustainable Development Goals 3, 4, 5 and 8” organized by UNAIDS. She has also been involved in developing case studies and reports for a public health research project on self-care interventions for sexual and reproductive health, focusing on vulnerable and key populations.
Currently pursuing her masters in Literary and Cultural Studies from the English and Foreign Languages University (EFLU), Hyderabad, Philo is an ardent lover of philosophy and social sciences. During her undergrad, she spent her days visiting theatres, museums, art and literary festivals, and more importantly, interned in spaces like the New Indian Express (print journalism) and the International Foundation for Crime Prevention and Victim Care (gender-based violence), and volunteered for the Prajnya Trust (gender equality and peace education) and the Ashwin Maharaj Foundation (rehabilitation of cancer patients in government hospitals). She had also presented papers on contemporary literature, did undergraduate research on second-language learning and teaching, and worked with Dyslexic and blind students.
Three years of academia and out-of-classroom experiences in the undergrad revealed to her how critical humanitarian and environmental concerns like social inequalities, human rights violations, and exploitation of the environment and natural resources have been dangerously normalized in this society. An existentialist, Philo tries to find her meaning by attempting to partake in the denormalization process, driven through social and political awareness.
Through the POP Movement, she believes she has the opportunity to meet with and learn from ordinary people from across the world leading groundbreaking actions in their spheres. Philo desires to grow amidst this collective consciousness and contribute towards building it into a movement.