Dr. Ranjana Kumari is a prominent activist and widely regarded as a leading force in the women’s movement in India. Dr. Ranjana Kumari is Director of the Centre for Social Research (CSR), President of Women Power Connect (WPC) India’s only lobbying organization focused on gender issues, National General Secretary of the Mahila Dakshata Samiti, an all India Women’s organization, Coordinator of Joint Action Front for Women (JAFW) consisting of 97 organizations, has been senior advisor to the Ministry of Labor, Government of India and Coordinator of South Asian Forum for Women’s Political Empowerment.
Dr. Ranjana Kumari has also been a member of the Task Force on Industrial Relations for The International Labour Organisation (ILO) in Geneva. A doctorate in Political Science from Jawaharlal Nehru University, Dr. Ranjana Kumari is an author of 9 books, including the world famous, “Brides are not for burning?” and “Women in Decision Making”. As an activist in the women’s movement, and ardent supporter of reservation of seats for women in parliament, Dr. Ranjana Kumari has actively campaigned for the issue for over a decade. She is also involved in the research, advocacy, lobbying, mobilizing campaign and training for the protection of women’s human rights.