Dr. Poornima Advani
Chairperson, National Commission for Women, India
Dr. Poornima Advani is a renowned expert in criminal jurisprudence and family law, and as chair of National Commission for Women is responsible for monitoring laws relating to women and for investigating complaints concerning women’s rights. She pioneered efforts to focus national attention on the enforcement of existing women-related legislation, and on the need for gender-sensitization of all organs of the state and of civil society.
A committed social worker, Dr. Advani is a sensitive yet powerful force against injustice, whose publications and lectures in India and abroad have helped raise awareness the plight of women and of the need to take meaningful action to restore women to their rightful status in society.