Mrs. Nighat Shafi (CHAIRPERSON)

Mrs Nighat has been an honorary Member of the Board of Directors of the J&K State Women’s Development Corporation since 2010. She is also working in an advisory capacity with reputed organisations at the state and national levels including Ford Foundation, AFPRO (Action for Food Production), J&K State Women’s Commission, J&K State Rehabilitation Council, Kashmir Women’s Credit Co-operative Ltd, and  the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights. Her determination in facilitating peace building and harmony in conflict areas has been reflected by her engagement with organizations like Centre for Dialogue & Reconciliation, Delhi Policy Group. Additionally, she and her HELP Foundation, in collaboration with an internationally reputed organisation, MANFORD, has been organising workshops of functionaries involved in the process of governance both in government and private sectors, for bringing about appropriate behavioural orientation for facilitating the process of sustainable development and peace building in the region.
Awards and Accomplishments: For her bold initiatives and social activitives in the conflict region, Mrs Nighat was selected as one of the 1000 women around the globe nominated jointly for a Nobel Peace Prize under the 1000 Peace Women Project in 2005. At national level, she has been honored with numerous awards inclduing Stree Shakti Award (Women’s Empowerment Award) by the Government of India consecutively for three years during 2005-06 to 2007-08, Asian Peace Award and Mehjoor Award in 2007 and 2010 respectively and Jamnalal Bajaj Award for distinguished social work for the development of women and children for the year 2012.

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