Sangat Core Group Members & Advisory Council

Sangat Core Group Members




Sima Samar, a medical doctor by training, is the chairperson of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC), a trustee of the Gawharshad Institute of Higher Education, and runs several NGOs.




Fawzia Khondker Eva runs PROGROSHOR, is a freelance consultant and trainer, and is actively involved with the women’s movement in Bangladesh and South Asia.
Khushi Kabir is the Coordinator of Nijera Kori, a civil society and feminist leader in Bangladesh and South Asia, and the One Billion Rising Bangladesh Coordinator.

Muktasree Chakma is a researcher, journalist, feminist and rights activist. She also runs a platform called Supporting People and Rebuilding Communities- SPaRC working on minorities' rights in Bangladesh




Abha Bhaiya is a (Co)-Founder of Jagori Resource and Training Centre, Jagori Rural Charitable Trust, Sangat and Kartini. She is the One Billion Rising India Coordinator and is part of several international networks.
Anuradha Kapoor is the Founder of SWAYAM, Kolkata and is actively involved in campaigns and networks working to end violence against women and girls. l international networks.

Nandita Gandhi is the Founder of Akshara, Mumbai, an activist-academic, and is part of several networks.

Roshmi Goswami is the Founder of the North East Network and a feminist writer and researcher on issues related to human rights, peace and gender. She is based in Meghalaya and Assam.
Rukmini Rao is the Founder of Gramya, based in Hyderabad, and has led several organizations working on sustainable agriculture and development and women’s rights.
 Sabrina Edwards is the Founding Director of Darjeeling Mary Ward Social Centre and is actively involved with Loretto Convent’s social initiatives. She is based in Kolkata and is an alumna of Sangat.

Suneeta Dhar is Senior Advisor to Jagori, Delhi, a founder of Sangat, and a member of South Asian Women’s Fund and several other organizations and campaigns. 

Bimla Chandrasekaran  is the director of EKTA Resource Center for  women based  in Madurai, India . She is a part of several national and international networks, including as a steering committee member of Men Engage Alliance South Asia that seeks to engage men and boys in work on gender equality




Aminath Nadira is the Deputy Minister for Health & Gender in the Ministry of Health and Gender, Maldives and an alumna of Sangat.




Binda Pandey, a trade unionist and member of the Communist Party of Nepal, was a member of the Constituent Assembly of Nepal and a Deputy Member of the Governing Body of the International Labour Organization (ILO).
Bhagavati Adhikari is a young activist working as Program Coordinator of Nepal Mahila Ekata Samaj, a network of landless and slum dwellers. She is actively engaged in securing the shelter rights of slum dwellers and squatters and on gender issues
 Mona Sherpa, a feminist activist, is the Deputy Country Director of Helvetas, Nepal, is actively involved with all civil society issues, and is an alumna of Sangat.

Rita Thapa is the founder of TEWA, Nagrik ko Awaz in Nepal and is part of several networks and campaigns in Nepal, South Asia and globally. Her main work is on peace.




Ambreen Ahmad, a leading child psychiatrist in Pakistanis the Founder of Rozan, based in Islamabad
Kishwar Sultana is the Director of Insaan Foundation, Islamabad and is part of several civil society and feminist networks and campaigns. Her main work is on peace.
Azra Sayeed is a political activist who runs Roots for Equity, a Karachi based organisation that works with small and landless peasants. She works actively on women’s rights and peasant rights




Kumudini Samuel is the Founder of Women and Media Collective and presently the South Asia Coordinator of DAWN
Vasuki Jeyasankar is a human rights activist, artist, and poet from northern Sri Lanka. She is an alumna of Sangat.

Zainab Ibrahim is a social sciences researcher, based in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Much of her work has addressed issues of women's rights including prevention of gender-based violence, and documentation of inter-religious violence and conflict. 

  Hasanah Cegu Isadeen is an independent researcher, feminist activist and attorney-at-law. She is the co-author of Unequal Citizens: Muslim Women's Struggle for Justice and Equality in Sri Lanka.


Sangat Advisory Council Members


Dr. Amrita Chhachhi is an Assistant Professor of gender, labour and poverty studies at the International Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, Erasmus University. She has been actively engaged with Sangat and with other labour and peace networks in South Asia.
Anis Haroon has been an active member of the Women’s Action Forum since 1981. She is a member of Human Rights Commission, Pakistan Association for Mental Health, and the Women  Lawyers Association. She was president of Aurat Foundation from 1994 to 2004. 
Aneesa Ahmad is an ex-Minister of Women and Children and the Co-Founder and Chairperson of Hope for Women, a non-governmental organization that aims to end violence against women and girls and promote gender equality and the empowerment of women in the Maldives.
Dr. Dina M. Siddiqi is a cultural anthropologist with a strong interest in gender, human rights, Islam and transnational feminist politics. She divides her time between the United States and Bangladesh, where she teaches anthropology and gender studies at BRAC University. 
Nimalka Fernando is a Sri Lankan Human Rights Defender, attorney-at-law, President of the International Movement against All Forms of Discrimination (IMADR), Director of the Women's Political Academy and a member of Mothers and Daughters of Lanka.
Rubina Saigol is an independent researcher based in Lahore, Pakistan.  She is engaged in research on gender, religion, nationalism and the state.
Sultana Kamal is a Bangladeshi lawyer and human rights activist. She is the chairperson of Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) and a civil society and women’s movement leader.
Sapna Malla Pradhan, a feminist activist, senior advocate, member of the Committee Against Torture (CAT) and  Judge of the Supreme Court of Nepal. She is an ex-Constituent Assembly Member.
Maithree Wickramasinghe is Professor in English and the Founder Director of the Centre for Gender Studies at the University of Kelaniya. She is also a visiting professor at other HEIs including the University of Colombo and the University of Sussex. As a feminist scholar-activist and an international keynote speaker on gender studies, she has been working for institutional change in higher education and academia.