Enakshi Ganguly

Enakshi Ganguly co-founded HAQ: Centre for Child Rights in 1999. She began working on human rights with Indian Social Institute in 1985.

Over the years, Enakshi has been involved in Research, Advocacy and Training on wide-ranging socio-legal issues such as development induced displacement and those concerning women and children, including women in the unorganised sector, legal rights, reproductive health and children. Her work on the rights of displaced persons, particularly those displaced by dams is well recognised. Beginning her work with the potential "oustees" or displaced persons of the Sardar Sarovar dam on the Narmada River, she has worked on impact of displacement on those affected by infrastructure projects as well as natural disasters.

Before co-founding HAQ, she has been Deputy Director of Delhi based Multiple Action Research Group, Executive Director of Mobile Crèches-India. She is the president of Society for Rural and Tribal Initiatives (SRUTI), Delhi and on the board of National Centre for Advocacy Studies, Pune. She is a member of the Editorial Board of “Children, Youth and Environments”- A Journal of Research, Policy and Applications , University of Colorado. She has undertaken training on child rights, human rights and gender both nationally as well as internationally. She has trained NGOs, and others who work on children, including children themselves, on child rights. This includes government schoolteachers and police and the judiciary. She is engaged in advocacy for examination and reform of laws and policies concerning children.

She has also been a member of the Steering Committee on Women Empowerment and Child Development set up by the Planning Commission in the XIth and the XIIth plan process. She was a member of the National Committee for the Promotion of Economic and Social Empowerment for three years. She has been part of drafting committees of laws, polices and plans of the government of India. She has participated in the UN General Assembly in 2002 and the Preparatory Meeting in New York in 2001, where she was part of the caucus involved in providing inputs to the Declaration- A World fit for Children adopted in May 2002; and been part of processes on the UN Study on Violence on behalf of India.

She has been part of the process of alternate reporting, attended the session in which India presented its report to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child and also made submissions on General Days of Discussion of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child. She has been part of the group making a submission to the Universal Periodic Review. She has also worked closely with the former UN High Commissioner on Right to Adequate Housing and was part of the team that developed a tool kit used by the Housing and Land Rights Network of the Habitat International Coalition, which is based on the use of international legal instruments.

She has several published works, which includes books, reports and articles. She has been awarded the Ashoka Fellowship in recognition of HAQ’s work on children and profiled in a book entitled WOMANKIND: Faces of Change Around the World by Donna Nebenzahl (text) and Nance Ackerman (photographs) (Raincoast Books, Vancouver).