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Dr. Suman Chahar

Chairperson, International Centre for Women and Child

Achiever's Success Story

Using Experience For A Cause

Having achieved Doctorate in waste management from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi in 1997 she pursued environmental sanitation as her professional career by involving herself with Sulabh International, initiated by Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak , Founder, ­Sulabh Sanitation  Reform Movement.  In 2003     she joined International Centre for Women and Child as Chairperson. She has been rendering my services in various capacities by promoting women development. After Ph.D she had option to opt  to go abroad or serve for noble cause , and she dedicated my carrier for social development issues .

She has seen that in lack of water and sanitation women and girls in rural and urban suffers most such as health, harassment and dignity. More than 70% diseases are related to sanitation. Since last 24 years she dedicated her career for gender mainstreaming or equity. She has successfully completed projects on ending discrimination toward women and providing equal opportunities for education and employment.  She has observed that it effects their  economic growth which is crucial for their livelihood, for achieving the, “Sustainable Development Goal 5 : Achieve gender equality and empower women and girls”  among developing countries we have to provide opportunities regardless of gender , including economic participation and decision making needs equality.

Provision of safe sanitation to women and girls is my priority area. I have completed a number of sanitation projects under Swachh Bharat Mission with national and international organization’s to provide school toilets, community and public toilets for urban areas and household toilets for both urban and rural areas. Besides that, I also successfully completed projects on  livelihood promotion,  capacity building , gender equity, political empowerment, water, sanitation,  waste management etc. Out of which many projects like construction of house-hold toilets, schools toilets and community toilets have been completed in India as well as Uganda.

During 24 yrs,  more than 700 adolescent girls and 4600 women from marginalized community such as rural women, women inmates, manual scavenger women, beggars,  have been benefitted in livelihood programmes.  And also 35276 school students and 863 teachers in school health and hygiene programme.

Her main thrust areas of professionalism include “ Women Development, Environmental Protection and Waste Management”. She has worked with various state governments of Rajasthan, Chattisgarh, Haryana, Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Delhi. She has received awards and commendation i.e. NCR Delhi Ratan Award-2018, in 38th All India Conference of Intellectuals; Rajiv Gandhi Gold Medal Award -2015  for outstanding individual achievement and distinguished service in environment  and public health and commendation certificate from Public Health Engineering Department, Haryana & Population Research Centre, Punjab University, Chandigarh, for best performance in the field of School Health & Hygiene Component of Public  Participation & Awareness programme in Faridabad Town carried out under Yamuna Action Plan  Phase II, July 2009.

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