Ms. Rekha Sharma assumed the charge of
Chairperson, National Commission for Women on August 7, 2018.
Previously Smt. Sharma held the additional
charge of the Chairperson (I/C), National Commission for Women with effect from
September 29, 2017. Smt. Sharma has been a Member of the Commission since
August, 2015. Before joining the Commission, Smt. Sharma was actively associated
with civil society organizations in different capacities.
Smt. Sharma has worked extensively on issues
impacting women's lives. She has conducted over 50 inquiries in matters relating
to deprivation of women's rights and liberty. Smt. Sharma has been championing
the cause of vulnerable sections of women, including women workers in tea
gardens that have been closed, and women in shelter homes.
The issues related to female prisoners are
particularly close to her heart. She has actively been advocating for improving
the conditions of the women prisoners, especially the undertrails. She has been
visiting a number of jails and made recommendations for improving the facilities
provided to the jail inmates.
During her time at the Commission, Smt. Sharma
has pro-actively been pursuing the concerns of the Indian women deserted by
their NRI husbands living abroad including issues related to child custody. She
has also extensively worked on the cases related to sexual harassment of women.
Smt. Sharma has also conducted numerous
capacity building programmes for police personnel in India. In addition, she has chaired a large number of Mahila Jan Sunwais/ Public Hearings,
across the country, in which, over 2,000 complaints have been addressed.
Married to an Army Officer, she has worked
towards promoting better standard of living and education for wives and children
of soldiers to make them more self reliant in order to brave the day-to-day
rigors and challenges of the Army life.
Prior to joining the Commission, she was a
Member of the District Consumer & Redressal Forum in the Government of Haryana.
Smt. Sharma has also been instrumental in the establishment of a registered NGO
called 'Haryana Mahila Uthan Samiti' which works for the empowerment of rural
women in the state.
Mrs. Soso Shaiza assumed the office of Member, National Commission for Women on
November 19, 2018.
Mrs. Shaiza is a prominent educationist from the state of Manipur, where she's
worked extensively on bringing quality education to all people, especially the
tribal women of Manipur and the youth in the district of Ukhrul, since the early
Mrs. Shaiza is the Founder and Advisor of Hunphun Shanao Long's (Ukhrul Women
Union) Education Project. She is also the founder of the first private-run
CBSE-affiliated Little Angels' English School in Ukhrul, which has seen more
than 7000 students successfully complete their high school since its inceptions
over 30 years ago.
Mrs. Shaiza belongs to the Tangkhul-Naga Tribe. She is credited for her role in
the inclusion of the Tangkhul language in the CBSE curriculum; making it the
first tribal language recognized as a 'Modern Indian Language' by the CBSE. In
2011, she was conferred the "Best Educationist Award" and a "Certificate of
Education Excellence" for her outstanding achievements by the International
Institute of Education Management, New Delhi. She was also conferred the
'Asia-Pacific Gold Star Award' by the Global Achievers' Foundation in Dubai, UAE
Through her various projects, Mrs. Shaiza has been actively engaging with young
girls, women, widows and orphans in Manipur. She has organized numerous
seminars, workshops, conferences and youth camps on subjects related to
personality development, adult literacy, drug abuse & its effects on the family,
women empowerment and various other women related issues in the state.
Mrs. Shaiza is firmly committed to furthering the National Commission for
Women's mandates during her tenure.
Smt. Chandramukhi Devi assumed the charge of Member, National Commission for
Women on 26 November 2018.
Smt. Chandramukhi Devi is a graduate of Hindi Sahitya
Sammelan. She has been involved with various women-related organization in
different capacities since 1988.
In 1995, Smt. Chandramukhi Devi was elected to
the then undivided Bihar State Legislative Assembly, making her the first woman
MLA from Khagria constituency in Bihar. The same year, she was nominated for the
Women and Child Development Committee.
Smt. Chandramukhi Devi has also served as
a Member of the Social Welfare Board Committee, NIPCCD. In 2010, she was made a
Member of The Council for Advancement of People's Action and Rural Technology
(CAPART). She has also previously held the post of Vice-President, Twenty Point
Programme, Government of Bihar.
Smt. Chandramukhi Devi was a Member of the Bihar
State Commission for Women from 2011 to 2014.
Member Secretary (27-11-2018)