Dr. Ranjana Kumari
Director, Centre for Social Research
Dr. Ranjana Kumari is a prominent intellectual, widely regarded as a leading force in the movement for women’s empowerment in India. She did her MA, M.Phil. and Ph.D. in Political Science from Jawaharlal Nehru University and has been actively involved in research and activism pertaining to gender and women's issues. Her national as well as international experience in the field has earned her a significant position in the discourse around women's rights.
A prolific scholar, Dr. Ranjana has a number of publications to her credit. Some of her books include; Gender, Work, and Power Relations: A case study of Haryana; Women in Politics: Forums and Processes; Reign She Will and Brides Are Not for Burning; Dahej Pidit Mahilayein. Other notable academic publications include: Higher Education and Scheduled Tribe Youth: A Case Study of Chhattisgarh; and Impact of Education on Scheduled Caste Youth in India: A Study of Social Transformation in Bihar and Madhya Pradesh. Her body of publications is based on her work in the field as a grassroots social worker for many marginalised and underprivileged groups.
At present, Dr. Ranjana is the Director of the Centre for Social Research (CSR), an advocacy group for women based in New Delhi, India. Her prime areas of focus have been Education of the girl child, Political participation of women in democracy and governance, Rape and other forms of violence against women, and Safety of women in cyber space. Her activism continues to impact several lives and she is often featured as a leading voice in print and electronic media in India and abroad.
Internationally, she is a member of the Safety Advisory Board of Facebook as well as the Trust and Safety Council of Twitter. Dr. Kumari has also served as a gender expert at the ILO, United Nations in Geneva. At home, she has served as advisor on many government committees and commissions including NCW, NHRC, WCD Ministry of Women & Child Development and Ministry of Labour & Employment.