Rashmi Anand, once a victim of domestic violence, now works with the issues that devastated her life and the lives of her children. She is an author, poet and social worker, working primarily with issues of gender based violence.
Rashmi is the recipient of the Naari Shakti Puraskaar from the President of India, the Neerja Bhanot Award, the Karmaveer Jyoti, the Karmaveer Puraskaar, Doordarshan’s Woman Achiever Award of Aadhi Abaadi Baat Naari Ki, the CNN-IBN Zindagi Live Award, the Bharat Excellence Award, the Indian Woman Achiever’s Award and the Award for Literature from the Indian Council for UN Relations.
The published author of 13 books on gender violence, love, abundance, joy, hope, the human spirit, life and death, Rashmi also writes children’s books. Rashmi gives talks and lectures in schools, colleges, and universities, as well as corporate houses on similar topics, and works with the Sexual Harassment at the Workplace law. She also gives inspirational talks on her life, on breaking through and on the human spirit at various forums.
Sonakshi Chaudhry is a Trustee at the Woman of the Elements Trust, which she started along with her mother in 2012. She is also a freelance gender consultant, editor, writer, and content creator.
Sonakshi has previously worked as Research and Editorial Lead at the Women in Labour Podcast, and a Consultant to the Ministry of Women and Child Development, Government of India, in the Economic Advisor's Bureau. Prior to this, she was a Researcher at ORF, working on the Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) project.
Sonakshi was among the youngest recipients of the 2016-17 Chevening scholarship through which she pursued an MA in Gender, Violence and Conflict at the University of Sussex. Her Masters dissertation explored the gaps in domestic violence policy and programming in India. She was also a participant at the 2020 Australia India Youth Dialogue
CP Nautiyal is Administrative and Legal Head at the Trust. He has been working on cases of violence against women and children for over 10 years and has worked with issues like domestic violence, sexual harassment, and dowry. He has also provided help to the victims by assisting them in registering complaints.
He has been working with the Woman of the Elements trust since its inception in 2012, counselling and legally representing victims of domestic violence.
Yashveer Chaudhry is a volunteer Consultant at the Woman of the Elements Trust. His research work focuses on DV and masculinities. He has received his MA in Gender Studies from Ambedkar University Delhi, and is planning on completing his PhD in the same field.
Yashveer has previously interned at Trust, and at the All India Women's Conference. He manages entries for our blog, while being an active contributor to it.