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.
Dr. Satbir Bedi
Member Secretary (23-01-2017)