Ms. Mamta Sharma
Smt. Mamta Sharma took over charge as the
Chairperson of the National Commission for Women w.e.f 2nd August, 2011.
Belonging to an illustrious political family
and being a proud daughter of an ardent patriot Shri Dharlal Devta, who took
active part in the freedom struggle and laid down his life in the fight for
freedom of India, Smt, Sharma had also joined active politics in 1985 and was
nominated as the Executive member of Rajasthan Red Cross Society in the
following year in 1986 and later became the General Secretary of the Rajasthan
Pradesh Congress Committee and led many movements for the welfare of the
down-trodden and weaker sections of the society in the State of Rajasthan.
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.
She hails from an illustrious
political family with her mother-in-law Late Smt. Salma begum (may peace be
upon her) also a veteran Congress leader and member of UPCC and AICC.
Smt Shamina Shafiq had her early schooling in Christ Church
College, Lucknow and graduated in Arts. She also qualified in Bachelors in
Education. Having interest in Literature further persuaded her to do Post
Graduation in English Literature.
She has been a political and social activist especially in the
field of women empowerment and child education.
In the social field she elevated to the rank of National Vice
President – Vishwa Dalit Parishad (India), and is 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.
As state Secretary UP Mahila Congress and as Member AICC, she
had made a remarkable presence among the women congress of the state. She had
raised voice against atrocities to hundreds of women across the state of Uttar
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.
Ms. Laldingliani Sailo
Dr. (Ms.) Nandita Chatterjee
Member Secretary (26-12-2013)