Darilyn Syiem, Chairperson
Darilyn was the Regional Programme Coordinator of NEN since 1995.She has worked extensively on issues of reproductive health and rights of women in the state of Meghalaya. Her significant contributions have helped in building partnerships between NEN and state agencies on gender issues in agriculture and natural resource management. Her efforts also led to convergence between state departments of Meghalaya on issues of gender based violence, as a result of which, a one stop crisis centre for women facing violence, was set up in a public hospital in Meghalaya.
Dr Monisha Behal, Executive Director
Monisha Behal, founder member of North East Network. Travelling widely in rural areas of India, Monisha conducted research, gave talks and produced several papers to highlight issues of the NE. She initiated several projects on women’s development within the region, one of which has grown into a significant community based initiative in Nagaland.
Dr Roshmi Goswami
Roshmi Goswami is a founder member of North East Network. She was Program Officer with the Ford Foundation in New Delhi for several years, programming on women’s rights, before moving on to work with UN Women in New York. She is well known for her pioneering work with the women in conflict affected regions of India, including documenting and analyzing the impact of war and conflict on the lives of women.
Jennifer (Jenny), an Indian of Chinese origin has been living and working in Assam for over 20 years since she completed her MSW from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Bombay in 1995. She is the co-founder of the ant, a rural development organization working for the development and rights of conflict affected communities in Chirang District of Bodoland. After heading the organization as its Executive Director for ten years since 2006, Jenny currently directs the work of IDeA (the Institute of Development Action), an initiative of the ant which supports and builds up the capacity of NGOs in the northeast region..
Dr Polly Vauquline
Dr Polly Vauquline is an Associate Professor and former Head of the Department of Women’s Studies, Gauhati University. Her area of specialisation is gender based violence, gender geography, feminist research methodology and ecofeminism. She is currently engaged with research projects related with reproductive health and women, sexual harassment of women at workplace and elderly women. She is associated with various academic and social organisations of the region. She is the recipient of 2009 Gender, Place and Culture Award for new and Emerging Scholars, by Gender, Place and Culture, A Journal of Feminist Geography, by Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group.
Bano Haralu is a pioneering television journalist from Northeast India. She has been involved with conservation issues in Nagaland since she returned to her home state in 2010. She pioneered a bird and wildlife survey for the government that led to the publishing of the ‘Birds of Nagaland’. Bano formed the Nagaland Wildlife Biodiversity Conservation Trust (NWBCT) in 2013 and serves as its managing trustee.
She was the first woman entrepreneur who opened a fast food hub at Guwahati, Assam in 1974. She has also been the Managing Director of Jagduar Tea & Trading Company since 1999 at Jorhat. A sports enthusiast, Banadana Hazarika was a champion in the inter-college badminton competition at Guwhati in 1955. She was also a founder President of NEWA (North East Women’s Entrepreneur Association) in 1995.
Jnanashree Pathak is known as one of the sensitive citizens of the Guwahati city. She writes often on social issues both in the print media as well as in journals. She involves herself in social work and is Secretary of the Guwahati Montessori School.
Joshomayee is Associate Professor of the Indian Institute of Bank Management , Guwahati. She has been involved in research and training, particularly in the areas of Tribal & Hill Areas Development, Planning, and Micro-finance. She has a number of research projects, a book and a number of published/ unpublished research articles to her credit. She was member of first women’s commission in Assam.
Baruni Barua was a banker by profession till she took voluntary retirement from service as Chief Manager of the State Bank of India. Baruni was a faculty member at the SBI Staff Training Centre in Guwahati imparting training on banking and IT related issues. Baruni involves herself with books and matters of gender. She also inputs NEN team on matters of financial management.
Iamonlang Mawthoh Syiem
An M.Phil scholar in Sociology and a lecturer at St.Edmund’s College, Shillong, Iamon has been involved in various academic bodies of schools and Colleges in Meghalaya. She is a member of various churches and of organisations such as the Meghalaya Women’s Alliance, Committee member of the State Commission for Women and of the Human Rights Committee, constituted by Guwahati High Court, 2003 for Statutory Safeguards. Iamon has published articles on two edited books on Matriliny and poems with the Sahitya Academy.
With a masters degree in Social Work from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences Mumbai, (TISS), Farida Warjri is currently coordinator of Creativity Action Service Candor IB World School in Bangalore. She was the former head of the Department of Social Work in St.Edmund’s College, Shillong. Ms Warjri was earlier involved with NEN and then joined the Meghalaya Rural Development Society (MRDS) initiating the formation of self help groups in several villages of the state. Farida is also the Director of the People’s Learning Centre in Meghalaya.