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Dr Ranjana Kumari named in the 100 most influential people

Jun 10, 2019

Dr Ranjana Kumari has been included among the 100 Most Influential People in Gender Policy for 2019.

New Delhi: Dr Ranjana Kumari, Director of a prominent women’s rights organization, Centre for Social Research, has been included among the 100 Most Influential People in Gender Policy for 2019 in Apolitical’s second annual list alongside Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director, UN Women, Ruth Bader-Ginsburg, US Supreme Court Justice, Caren Grown, Senior Director for Gender at the World Bank Group, Michelle Bachelet, High Commissioner for Human Rights, United Nations, Michelle Obama, Founder, Global Girls Alliance, Bineta Diop, Founder, Femmes Africa Solidarite, Mariam Jalabi, Founding member, Syrian Women’s Political Movement, Margot Wallstrom, Minister for foreign affairs, Sweden.

The list was created from over 9000 nominations from governments, international organizations, and academia, including UN Women, Women Deliver, Women in Global Health, the G7 Gender Equality Advisory Council, Harvard, and the Gates Foundation.

Last year's list was shared by Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, Iris Bohnet, Harvard behavioral scientist, Gary Barker, a world-leading advocate for involving more men in gender equality. Among others were the World Bank, UN Women and the Malala Fund and many others and was widely covered by news outlets all over the world.

Dr Ranjana Kumari, Director, Centre for Social The research said: “It’s an honor to be among the 100 most influential people in gender policy. I congratulate all the winners and nominees. The Apolitical list is proof that thousands of people are working tirelessly for gender justice globally. There is a lot of good work happening all around the globe, and there is a lot more that needs to be done to make this world an equitable place for women.”

Apolitical published the inaugural list of the 100 most influential people working in gender policy, the first-ever global initiative of this kind last year. It honours and celebrates the women and men making the world a more equitable place, whether they do so through policymaking, research, philanthropy or advocacy.

The list was based on nominations from several gender experts from leading organizations, which were compared with research by Apolitical’s own reporters and editors.

All on the list have been recognised for their pioneering work in gender policy in government, politics, academia, philanthropy, international organisations, NGOs and advocacy.

Dr. Kumari has dedicated her life to empowering women across the South Asia region. She went to school in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh. Her paternal grandfather, a freedom fighter, Pandit Vishwanath Sharma was the founder member of the famous Kashi Vidyapith of Varanasi, which was the first modern University organized by Indians in British India. After finishing her schooling, she moved to Delhi and did her MA, M.Phil. and Ph.D. in Political Science from Jawahar Lal Nehru University.

Her foray into social work was initiated by her concern for a dowry death that took place near her home in 1976. This led to her activism on world famous publication “Brides are not for Burning”. Dr. Kumari has authored 8 more books on gender that have received critical acclaim.

She has served as the Coordinator of South Asia Network Against Trafficking (SANAT) in Persons and is a member of the Central Advisory Board on “Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Tests Act, 2001”, as well as the Central Advisory Committee for Prevention of Trafficking in Women and Children. Some of her most passionate causes have been the participation of women in democracy and governance, the termination of dowry practices and dowry‐related violence, and the abolition of female foeticide. Dr. Kumari has spearheaded advocacy initiative on enhancing women’s political participation through passing 33 percent women’s reservation bill in Parliament. Currently, she is a member of the Global Safety Advisory Board of Facebook. She is also a member of the Twitter’s Trust & Safety Council. In the year 2015, Dr. Kumari received the prestigious Lotus Leadership Award for her outstanding contribution to the well-being of women and society in Asia.

Apolitical is a global internet platform established in 2015, which links a network for public servants in more than 120 countries in a way that allows them to share ideas and solutions to the world’s most pressing problems.

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