WWSF Board of Directors 2016-2019

Elly PRADERVAND, Switzerland

Elly PRADERVAND, Switzerland

Founder/President and Executive Director of the Women's World Summit Foundation; actively involved for the past 25 years in development education and in the elaboration of initiatives and programs aiming at the empowerment of rural women, children and NGOs and the practical application of women and children's rights. Geneva

Gulzar SAMJI, P. Ag., Canada

Gulzar SAMJI, P. Ag., Canada

Vice-President WWSF; Founder and Director of the Canadian Institute for Community Development and the Environment; former member of the Canadian Tribunal for Human Rights; consultant and educator. North Vancouver, B.C.

Jyoti Macwan, India

Jyoti Macwan, India

WWSF Board Member; Elected General Secretary of SEWA with 12 lakhs women in 9 states, making it the single largest union of informal sector workers in India. SEWA is a trade union registered in 1972 of poor, self-employed women workers. These are women who earn a living through their own labour or small businesses. They do not obtain regular salaried employment with welfare benefits like workers in the organized sector. They are the unprotected labour force of our country. Constituting 93% of the labour force, these are workers of the unorganized sector. Their work is not counted and hence remains invisible. Jyoti is Vice President of International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC-GENEVA); is a member of the Executive Committee of International Union of Food, Agriculture, Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Tobacco and Allied Worker's Association (IUF) and Member of the Executive Bureau - International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC-ASIA/PACIFIC). Jyoti received the Vyavsaylakshi Mahila puraskar (Award for promoting Women's employment); the Special Leadership Award given by Gujarati Catholic Samaj.