Rekha Mody - Founder & President
Rekha Mody, social worker and activist is committed to Women Empowerment.
She is the founder of Divya Chaya Trust established in 1984, Habiart Foundation 1987, Stree Shakti - The Parallel Force 1998. She feels that women all over the world are interconnected on various underlying gender issues.
She has edited ‘A Quest for Roots’, a book of more than 300 posthumous biographies of women from India significant in South-Asian history. Hindi edition was released in 2018 by Vardha University and Rajkamal publisher.
She has also edited ‘Innovative Practices for care of Elderly Women in India an initiative of Stree Shakti -The Parallel Force supported by UNFPA.
Rekha raised women’s issues in GCFWIN Conference in Geneva at United Nation on 16 May 2022.
Rekha Mody has also served on the Board of United Way, New Delhi. She is lobbying for 33 percent reservation of women in state assemblies. Three Conclave on this issue have been held in 2022. She Leads is a political training online initiative launched in 2021.
Rekha Mody is an art collector and had launched Kolkatta’s first FM Radio in 1994. She is a Patron to Asha U.K.
Neeru Poddar - Vice President
Winner of Priyadarshini Award for Promotion of Crafts , Neeru Poddar is a grass root worker . She is a Trustee with Divya Chaya Trust and Habiart Foundation. She has been a founder member of Stree Shakti - The Parallel Force. Neeru ji has trained many women in West Bengal to earn their living through Kantha embroidery. She has been very active with the Reproductive Child Health programme introduced in village Podra near Kolkata in 2009. Counselling the under privileged is her forte.
Dr. Sarmistha Chakrabarti - Honorary Secretary
Dr. Sarmistha Chakrabarti, Assistant Professor in the University of Calcutta, teaches Chemistry in the Food & Nutrition section of the Department of Home Science. A winner of the National Science Talent Search contest, she did her Bachelors & Masters degrees from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, Ph.D. from the Indian Institute of Chemical Biology, Kolkata and has had postdoctoral & research experience of about 10 years in the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich and Purdue University & University of California at Los Angeles in the USA. Her interest in Women & Science came from her tenure as Research Officer in the Women’s Studies Research Centre of Calcutta University. She has papers published in renowned international journals of Chemistry as well as those presented in conferences, the most recent one being in Beijing, China at the Third World Organisation of Women in Science (of which she is a full member) Fourth General Assembly.
Sarmistha Chakrabarti’s association with Streeshakti has been for the past 10 years.
Anuradha Dalmia - Treasurer
1. Schooling at Modern High School for girls, Kolkata
2. Bsc. Hons. in Home Science from JD Birla Institute of Home Science
3. Post Grad Diploma in Dietetics from All India Inst of Hygiene & Public Health and Advanced Diploma In Systems Management from NIIT.
4. Married with 2 children
5. Interests in Music, Gardening, travelling, current events, science and womens' empowerment.
Been a Streeshakti menber since 1985, seen it grow and evolve into a contemporary organization while maintaining its stature and Standpoint. Am a easy going, sociable and sometimes absent minded person, open to new ideas and looking to enhance my knowledge and horizons constantly.
I feel all women have it in them to BE the change they want to see for their family, society and our country.
Dr Kamal Kishor Mishra - Honorary Researcher
Assistant Professor, Department of Sanskrit, Harding Building, University of Calcutta, Kolkata with the specialization of Oriental Epigraphy - Sanskrit, Pali, Prakrit Inscriptions, Paleography & Manuscriptlogy.
Dr. Aarti Saxena - Ex-President
Non Collegiate Women's Education Board & National Service Scheme, University of Delhi
Offg. Director & Program Coordinator
Awarded “Honour for Excellence” by Russian centre of Science and Culture, International Federation of Indian Russian youth club, Gantavya Sansthan and Women on Top, for application of best practices in plant sciences for the rural areas in Rajasthan and Haryana. Associated with People For Plants and Environment group.
Chitra Mudgal - Ex-President
"I have always written freely on the subjects I feel strongly about. My aim is to depict reality as it is, not to paint one for the convenience of a reader's conscience." - Chitra Mudgal
Rare is this amalgamation of gentle sensitivity, utter humility and such superior intellect. Probably her solace with her wonderful self is the reason behind the glowing radiance on the face of this 60-year old, which can put a thousand electric bulbs to shame. Meet the multi-faceted Chitra Mudgal, a renowned and respected figure in modern literature in Hindi, who is also a dedicated trade unionist, social activist, virtual mother to slum dwelling women and, at the same time, a doting housewife and mother. Probably it will be better to say that her wide spectrum of social work and her unflinching belief in "humanism" defines the world-class writer in her.
Dr. Purobi Roy - Ex-President
Dr Purabi Roy is a retired Professor of Jadavpur University, visiting Professor of Moscow State University and St.Petersburg University, Russian Federation. Born in July 1941, she did her Ph.D from the Institute of Oriental Studies. Russian Academy of Science, Moscow.
She participated in various International Seminars and Conferences. As a research Professor of the Asiatic Society, she published volumes on Russo-Indian Relations XIX Cent, Indo-Russian Relations XX Cent. Part-I and Part-II. Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Commemoration Vol. of Scottish Church College. She is the author of many articles on Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose.
She is a specialist of Russian Language and Politics. Presently she is doing research on New Findings on Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose - From Russian British German and Indian Archives.
She presented papers at the Institute of Oriental Studies Moscow-1999, Oriental Faculty, St.Petersburg-2002,Hamburg University, German 2003, Humbolt University, Germany-2004 and Lund University, Sweden-2004.
She was a deponent and Member of JUSTICE MUKHERJEE COMMISSION OF INQUIRY on ALLEGED DISAPPEARANCE OF NETAJI SUBHAS CHANDRA BOSE, 1999-2005.
She is a women activist and believes in empowerment of Society depends upon Gender Equality.