Ms. Mamta Sharma
Smt. Mamta Sharma took over charge as the
Chairperson of the National Commission for Women w.e.f 2nd August, 2011.
Born in the respected family of the Rajguru
Kota Bare Devta Sridharlal Thakar was married to Shri Kamlakar Sharma son of
late Pandit Brij Sunder Sharma who was leading Advocate and political name of
his time. Pt. Brij Sunder Sharma was a Freedom Fighter and established Congress
Leader. He was a Cabinet Minister in the Rajasthan Government for about twenty
years in between 1948 and 1985. He was an established Labour Leader and
President of the INTUC, Rajasthan for several
years. He represented India in two International Labour Conferences in the ILO,
Geneva. Husband, Shri Kamlakar Sharma is a leading Advocate in the Rajasthan
High Court. He was appointed as Asstt. Solicitor General of India in June, 2005
and worked as such till December, 2009. On January 2011, he has been designated
as a senior advocate. He was also the Caption of the Rambagh Golf Club, Jaipur
from November 2005 to September 2008.
She had contested the Assembly Elections of the State from Bundi Constituency
and won by a great margin defeating her nearest rival and in the year 2002, was
appointed as the Parliamentary Secretary during the Cabinet expansion.
She was also nominated as a Member of the
Senate of Maharishi Dayanand Saraswati University, Ajmer and was also a Member
of the Telephone Advisory Committee from 1995-97 and 2002-04.
She was re-elected for the State Assembly from Bundi Constituency in the year
2003, defeating her nearest rival by a landslide margin again and was the only
lone woman candidate to have won the 2003 Assembly Elections out of 18 women
contested, which is a rare recognition given to her by the people of her
Constituency for having served her people in a true spirit and having taken up
and addressed their day-to-day issues in the State Assembly.
She was appointed as the President of the
Rajasthan Pradesh Mahila Congress in the year 2004, which post she held till
January, 2010, in which she voiced the important issues concerning the people
of Rajasthan like price rise, provision of a viable drinking water supply
system, removing illiteracy and eradication of poverty and involvement of women
empowerment in all such schemes.
She extensively travelled in India and
had visited USA, England, Scotland, Holland, Germany, Switzerland, France,
Belgium, Denmark, Middle-Eastern countries, Singapore, Thailand, Mauritius and
She was actively voicing her concerns on the
issues of empowerment, legal entitlement and Constitutional rights relating to
women, their marginalization in various fora, in all the assignments that she
had held in the past and had made all out efforts to address the issues at
relevant authorities. Smt. Sharma believes in maintaining a transparent,
responsive and clear system of public interface to address various issues and
had also given utmost importance to grievance redressal in NCW. As Chairperson
of NCW, she has travelled extensively in Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh,
Madhya Pradesh, Kerala and Karnataka to know the pulse of the people.
NCW undoubtedly feels proud to be under the
leadership of Smt. Mamta Sharma, the Chairperson of NCW.
Ms. Charu WaliKhanna,
Dr. Charu WaliKhanna, is a
leading women�s rights lawyer and former Member Executive Supreme Court Bar
Association (SCBA). She was counsel for the Union of India in Supreme Court and
has been working in the field of WOMEN�S RIGHTS for over a decade. She is the
only advocate to have been honoured by SCBA for 7 times (consecutive in 2004-09
and in 2011). MA Sociology, PG Diplomas in Intellectual Property Rights Law
from Indian Law Institute; and Human Rights & International Humanitarian
and Refugee Laws from Society of International Law; she has attended
session on Public International
Law at Hague Academy of International Law, Netherlands. An eminent jurist, on
Governing Body of National Dope Testing Laboratory (NDTL), Member Ethics
Committee NDTL and also former Director, Delhi Gymkhana Club.
Dr. Charu WaliKhanna started her career in the world of advertising with a
Diploma from Sir J. J. Institute of Applied Art, Mumbai. Having achieved
success at an early age and disturbed by the violence and inequalities in
society, as lawyer she advanced the cause of vulnerable and marginalized
sections of society, especially women. She founded Social Action Forum for
Manav Adhikar (SAFMA) a NGO with Special Consultative status of the ECOSOC of
the United Nations. She has developed simple self help manuals for women in
vernacular languages e.g. Hindi and Tamil on the special Constitutional
provisions for women, Right to Life; Violence against Women including Domestic
Violence, Dowry, Female Feticide, Sexual harassment, How to file a FIR, legal
aid; Panchayati Raj & Governance.
Using law as a tool for development she has authored books: �Married But
Not Legally Wed","Women Silent Victims In Armed Conflict : An Area Study of
Jammu & Kashmir�; �Supreme Court & High Court Judgements relating to
Women & Children� and �Laws on Violence Against Women.
Research works include �Drug Abuse Among Scheduled Caste Women in Gwalior
Madhya Pradesh- A Female Perspective� for Min. of Social
Justice & Empowerment; �Human Rights Violations of Victims of
Trafficking� and �Discrimination of Girl Child in
Uttar Pradesh� on behalf of National Commission for
Women. Dr Charu WaliKhanna, has organised and conducted numerous Gender
Sensitization Workshops and seminars on gender and the law. In coordination
with Delhi Police she conducted Gender Sensitization Workshops for constables
in Police Stations of South Delhi District, in which the self help manuals are
used as training tools.
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
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)