With an admirable track record of being an eight-term Member of Parliament, Ms. Maneka Gandhi adds another significant milestone in her illustrious political career - that of being India’s senior most Parliamentarian. A veteran politician, who has adeptly navigated the Indian political system, to build a formidable reputation as an astute legislator and administrator. An impressive performance in public service becomes distinctly apparent from the series of progressive legislations introduced by Ms. Gandhi during her successful tenure as Union Minister for Women & Child Development. She substantially contributed to the evolving narrative of gender politics in India by championing an extended maternity leave of 26 weeks for working women, including provision of 12 weeks leave for adopting mothers and commissioning mothers, through the introduction of The Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Act, 2017. Ms. Gandhi continues to nurture a legacy that is deeply entrenched in public service. The mission to create inspiring benchmark standards in public service and animal welfare will always be defining hallmarks associated with the name of Maneka Gandhi.
Ms. Gauri Maulekhi is the Trustee of People For Animals - India’s largest animal welfare organization. She is also the Member Secretary of People For Animals Uttarakhand, which is the is the legal and policy wing of its parent organization, People For Animals. Since 1994, she has contributed to animal welfare in various capacities. She is also a member of the Uttarakhand State Animal Welfare Board. She has worked with various ministries of the Government of India and several State Governments to formulate and implement policies, such as humane transportation of animals, humane slaughter practices, effective population management and the protection of wildlife.