Ms. Lalitha Kumaramangalam took over as the
Chairperson of the National Commission for Women w.e.f. 29th September, 2014.
Belonging to an illustrious political family, comprising Governor, Cabinet
Ministers, Army General and Members of Parliament, Ms. Kumaramangalam is a
prominent political leader in her own right, who has been working relentlessly
for decades for the empowerment and advancement of women belonging to the
vulnerable and under-privileged sections of society. She has worked on issues
dealing with healthcare, HIV/AIDS prevention and worked with dis- empowered
communities like truckers, sex-workers, the LGBT community, migrant and
construction workers, SHGs and urban slum women.
Ms. Hemlata Kheria
Hemlata Kheria has joined as Member of the
National Commission for Women on 15 of March, 2012. Encouraged by her family
from a very young age to build up her capacity especially in the field of women
related issues and to fight injustice.
Being a Research Scholar in Sociology from
Delhi School of Economics, the most prestigious institute of the country, she
has done her M.Phil. on the burning topic of Caste and Gender�s and views
discrimination on caste ground as the biggest social challenge facing our
country. She was also selected for UGC Lectureship.
During her masters in History and Sociology, her main focus was on position of
women in Indian Society. Apart from high academic background, she has vast
experience in the field of Women�s Empowerment and Gender Discrimination in
Society. In her Human Rights master�s thesis her focus area was on the position
of Scheduled Caste Women in Indian Society.
Her area of Specialization includes Caste and
Gender, Gender equality, position of Women in Caste ridden Society and Sexual
harassment, exploitation of Women in Indian Society.
She has actively participated in the
Workshops, National and International Seminars in Universities and Academic
Institutions. She has actively been involved in social activism with a view to
remove gender discrimination in Society on basis of Caste.
Ms. Nirmala Samant
An academician turned
politician having a strong political background Ms. Shamina Shafiq achieved
various milestones in political success state and nationwide. She joined as
Member of the National Commission for Women on 11th April, 2012. Having
acclaimed laurels in academics, her blaze to serve the humanity specially the
down trodden led her to steer into social work and mainstream politics.
Smt Shamina Shafiq had
her early schooling in Christ Church College, Lucknow and graduated in Arts.
She also qualified in Bachelors in Education.
has been a political and social activist especially in the field of women
empowerment and child education.
In the social field she was elevated to the
rank of National Vice President � Vishwa Dalit Parishad (India), and was State
Vice President, Sanyukt Vyapar Mandal, Uttar Pradesh.
She has worked illustriously in the field of
uplift of Minority as General Secretary All India Muslim Backward Class
Federation and as General Secretary U.P. State Muslim Educational Society.
She is also running an academic institution
and doing a yeomen�s service in the field of child education. Her main forte
has been substantial work among women and especially among the women of
Minority groups. By combining her convent background and present activities
among the socially marginalized class, she is serving the cause of the poor and
women to the best of her capabilities.
Her contribution in mass managing under
Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act as the District
Chairperson at District Sitapur won her sincere reputation amongst the rural
population. With an organization of more than 8000 women from the grassroots
made her actively involved in their socio economic condition and stimulated her
to fight for the cause of gender discrimination in the society. This further
instigated her to actively participate with various national and international
social organizations for the uplift of the weaker section of the society. Mass
Marriages of thousands of couples belonging to different castes, distribution
of clothes and blankets and food to the needy, providing books to the
underprivileged children are the main focus even today.
Mrs. Shamina Shafiq joined National
Commission for Women, New Delhi on 11.04.2012 and since then has been rendering
services to women, downtrodden, underprivileged, minority and initiated various
steps to improve the status of women. She has worked for the Socio- economic
empowerment of the women in the series of such developmental activities, she
has visited at least 15 states of the country to know the status of women in
different parts of the country and how they can be empowered. Large number of
complaints is being received by her personally, by post and by mail which are
being taken care of and every case is provided a speedy justice. Conducted
various seminars/consultations, workshops for women empowerment. Gender
awareness programmes besides on spot inquiry visits on violence/discriminations
against women. She is also heading an Expert Committee on �Violence against
Women of Minority Communities in India� which is focusing on all six minority
communities viz. Muslim, Parsees, Buddhists, Christians, Jain, and Sikhs.
Mrs. Shamina Shafiq was part of a delegation
of four prominent members of the Indian Muslim community who were sponsored by
the British High Commission, New Delhi. The visit aimed at deepening
cooperation and understanding between the communities of the two countries. The
delegation aimed at bringing about inter-faith and multiculturalism in the UK,
and share their rich variety of experiences from India. It included meetings
with organisations, community leaders, students, civil society groups, women
activists and the media, in London and elsewhere in the UK.
Ms. Laldingliani Sailo
Mrs. Laldingliani Sailo is from Aizawl,
Mizoram. A graduate in Psychology from IP College, Delhi University, she is a
Post Graduate in Sociology from the Delhi School of Economics [Department of
Sociology]. She has an M. Phil from Punjab University with a thesis on �Social
Marketing of Contraceptives�. She is an alumni of the Institut Internationale
d�administration Paris, France. Mrs. Sailo is a former Indian Revenue Service
Officer having served in various positions in Tax Administration and also in
the Ministries of Human Resource Development; Health & Family Welfare; and
Renewable Energy. Before coming to the National Commission for Women, she
served in the Delhi Commission for Women where she was Member in-charge of the
Rape Crisis Cell. In the NCW she is looking after the North East Region
comprising of 8 States.
Dr. (Ms.) Nandita Chatterjee
Member Secretary (26-12-2013)