V. Mohini Giri – India

Linked with our presentation of Guild of Service – India.

Linked also with our presentation of Transforming Approaches to Conflict Resolution.

She says: “The building of peace is a constructive activity. There is nothing passive about either the concept or the state of peace”.

V. Mohini Giri – India

Dr. V. Mohini Giri has served as Chairperson of the Guild of Service since 1979. Guild of Service is a social service organization which, among its projects, helps the displaced widows of India. Dr. Giri has also served as Founder President of the War Widow Association since 1971 and as Founder Trustee of the Women’s Initiative for Peace in South Asia since 2000. A social activist and leader in the women’s movement, specializing in human rights and gender justice, Dr. Giri is renowned both nationally and internationally for her committed work in empowering women politically, socially, legally and economically.

She has held many public positions such as Chair of the National Commission for Women (1994-1998) and Chair of the Delhi State Social Welfare Advisory Board (1987-1990). As Chair of the National Commission for Women, Dr. Mohini gave a new direction to NCW and successfully implemented several schemes for empowering women. Belonging to an illustrious family of scholars, civil servants and musicians, Mohini Giri is the daughter-in-law of Late Shri V.V. Giri, former President of India. Proficient in nine languages, Dr. Giri holds the doctorate from G.B. Pant University and a post graduate degree in Ancient Indian History, University of Delhi. Her publications include Kanya: Exploitation of Little Angles (1998) and Emancipation and Empowerment of Women (1996). She has received many awards including the Rajiv Gandhi Excellence Award in 1996 and the Mahila Siromani Award in 1998. (Read on The Hunger Project THP).

She is Chairperson of Gild of Service.

She has been serving as Chairperson of the Guild of Service since 1979. Guild of Service is a social service organization, which among its projects is helping the displaced widows of India. Dr. Giri has also been serving as Founder President of the War Widow Association since 1971 and as Founder Trustee of the Women’s Initiative for Peace in South Asia since 2000. A social activist and leader in the women’s movement, specializing in human rights and gender justice, Dr. Giri is renowned both nationally and internationally for her committed work in empowering women politically, socially, legally and economically. She has held many public positions such as Chair of the National Commission for Women (1994-1998) and Chair of the Delhi State Social Welfare Advisory Board (1987-1990).
As Chair of the National Commission for Women, Dr. Mohini gave a new direction to NCW and successfully implemented several schemes for empowering women. Belonging to an illustrious family of scholars, civil servants and musicians, Mohini Giri is the daughter-in-law of Late Shri V.V. Giri, former President of India. Proficient in nine languages, Dr. Giri holds the doctorate from G.B. Pant University and a post graduate degree in Ancient Indian History, University of Delhi. Her publications include Kanya: Exploitation of Little Angles (1998) and Emancipation and Empowerment of Women (1996). She has received many awards including the Rajiv Gandhi Excellence Award in 1996 and the Mahila Siromani Award in 1998. She is member of WANGO, the World Association of NGOs. (Read on this page of WANGO and scroll down).

She is also one of the 1000 Peace Women nomminee.

Her book: Living Death : Trauma of Widowhood in India/edited by V. Mohini Giri. New Delhi, Gyan, 2002, 263 p., tables, ISBN 81-212-0794-0 – Contents: Foreword/M.N. Venkatachaliah. Preface. Introduction. 1. Trauma of taboos and tribulations of widowhood in India/Meera Khanna. 2. Widows in India: today and yesterday/R.K. Upadhyay. 3. Implementation of widow’s rights/Leila Seth. 4. Widows in India: a psycho-social analysis/Vasantha R. Patri. 5. Women in disasters/Milind Bokil and Neelam Gorhe. 6. The unwanted insider/Ginny Shrivastav. 7. Indian widowhood: the silent cry/Mohini Giri. 8. Broken bangles/Mohini Giri. 9. Widows: the discriminated victims/Mohini Giri. 10. Status of widows of Kashmir: the displaced population/Bupinder Zutshi. 11. Widows victims of violence in J&K state/Nighat Shafi. 12. Status of widows in Tamil Nadu/Manohari Doss. 13. Status of widows in Kerala/Sugatha Kumari. 14. The plight of Brahmin widows in Kerala/Usha Venkitakrishnan. 15. Empowering the discriminated widows: Ujjain/Urmila Nirkha. 16. Widows of armed conflict/Mohini Giri and Meera Khanna. 17. Widows of the unsung brave of Kargil/Mohini Giri and Meera Khanna. 18. Status of widows in Andhra Pradesh/Roda Mistry. 19. Widows in Haryana/Reicha Tanwar. 20. Attitude towards widows: Karnataka/Asha Ramesh. 21. Widows of Vrindavan: a study/Ishita Majumdar. 22. Challenging witchcraft and cultural and custody practices/Jyotsna Chatterji. 23. Deprivation of widow’s property rights/Seema Sakhre. 24. Death and dying/Uargnet Owen. 25. Case studies. 26. The rigour of tradition for widows/Sarala Gopilar. Index. (Read more about on Vedams Books).

links:

Grief and Renewal;

Women in Security Conflict Management and Peace WISCOMP;

Peacewomen, and for Kashmir;

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