Remembering Dr Bhargavi V. Davar: A champion of human rights and inclusion

It is with deep sadness that CBM learned of the passing of Dr Bhargavi V. Davar, a member of CBM’s Advisory Board. Dr Davar, who was also the Executive Director of Transforming Communities for Inclusion (TCI) Global, passed away on May 22, 2024.

Bhargavi was a staunch advocate for the rights of people with psychosocial disabilities.

In 1999, Bhargavi founded the Bapu Trust for Research on Mind and Discourse, inspired by her mother’s struggles with violence and discrimination. The organisation transitioned to providing mental health services based on rights, focusing on community inclusion and peer support. Her work established the foundation for Transforming Communities for Inclusion (TCI), which now operates in 50 countries, advocating for the rights and inclusion of persons with psychosocial disabilities worldwide.

Bhargavi's impact extended beyond organisational boundaries. She was a pioneer in the global disability movement, a champion of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), and a mentor to many through initiatives like the Bridge CRPD-SDGs Training. Her relentless efforts to decolonise the mental health space have left an indelible mark on countries worldwide.

As a member of CBM’s Advisory Board, Bhargavi’s insights and dedication enriched our mission and helped shape a more inclusive society. Her legacy shows how important it is to understand others, speak up for them, and remain dedicated to human rights.

CBM mourns the loss of a dear colleague and friend. Her activism will continue to inspire us. Our heartfelt condolences go out to Bhargavi’s family and friends and to the countless lives she has touched. May her soul rest in peace.