DR. NOORJEHAN SAFIA NIAZ – FOUNDER MEMBER, BMMA
Dr. Noorjehan Safia Niaz, co-founder member of BMMA and founder and managing trustee of Ashana Trust. She is an MASW from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, graduated in 1992. She worked as Development Officer with Mahila Arthic Vikas Mahamandal, a Maharashtra State Government Corporation. Thereafter she joined YUVA as Project Coordinator with special focus on the women’s groups. She was also involved in a research project on ‘Riots, Eviction and Dispossession’. She has worked with SAHARA in Anjuman-e-Islam, an institution working for the educational and social development of the Muslim community. From 1999 till 2008 she worked in Women’s Research and Action Group [WRAG] as Project Coordinator and thereafter as the Co-Director. There she worked on developing educational material on Muslim personal law and also initiated and coordinated the Community Outreach Programme, which worked in 30 communities of Mumbai.
She has done an advanced Diploma course in VSO Management from the Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies. Currently she is pursuing her doctoral studies from the Yashwantrao Chavan Open University, Nasik. Through the years she has concentrated on developing the capacities of marginalized Muslim women, locally and nationally. She is also a visiting faculty with the Centre of Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy; SNDT Women’s University and teaches gender studies and human rights. She has completed the 6-month long Common Purpose Leadership Development Programme, called Meridian. She is currently part of the 7th Cohort of Dasra Social Impact, an executive education program, which provides successful non profits and social businesses with transformational skills necessary to build sustainable and scalable organizations to accelerate their impact. She is also an Ashoka Fellow. She is also the Founder member and Managing Trustee of Ashana Trust, set up to support efforts of Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan.
She has authored set of 5 booklets on Muslim Personal law, later translated in Hindi, Urdu and Bengali. She has also co-authored article titled ‘Muslim Women and Law Reforms: Concerns and Initiatives of the Excluded within the Excluded’ in ‘Lives of Muslims in India – Politics, Exclusion and Violence’ – Edited by Abdul Shaban and published by Routledge. She has published 2 articles titled, ‘Reservation within Reservation’ and ‘Status of Muslim Women: Efforts at Law Reform in Maharashtra’ in ‘Issues of Indian Muslims’ published by Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan, 2010.
Presented a paper on ‘Reservation within Reservation – Way Forward to Integrate the Excluded Women’ in a National Youth Convention on Reservation for Excluded Communities, organized by Centre for Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy, SNDT Women’s University, Mumbai
Presentation on ‘Concerns of Muslim Women’ at a seminar on LifeLong Learning For Livelihood Development of Excluded Communities organized by Centre for Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy, SNDT Women’s University, Mumbai
Presentation on Muslim women’s perspective at a seminar ‘Conflict And Resistances: Challenges Before The Women’s Movement, at the X111 Indian Association of Women’s Studies National Conference, Wardha, Maharashtra
Presentation on ‘Efforts at Law Reform and Involvement in Family Planning in Maharashtra’ in a national seminar titled ‘Socio-Economic and Educational Status of Muslims in Maharashtra’, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai.
Presentation on ‘Concerns of Muslim Women’ in the Indian Social Science Congress where the focal theme was Peoples’ Struggles and Movements for Equitable Society, 2007