South Asians for Human Rights

Promoting Democracy, Upholding Human Rights

Dr. Roshmi Goswami


Dr. Roshmi Goswami is a feminist and human rights activist well known for her pioneering work on women in armed conflict situations documenting and analyzing the impact of war and conflict on the lives of women in the conflict affected regions of India. Co-founder of the North East Network (NEN) and presently the Chair of Foundation For Social Transformation – Enabling NE India . She is associated with several human rights and feminist organizations including as Governing Board member of the US based Urgent Action Fund which supports women human rights defenders across the world, also founder and Board Member Urgent Action Fund-Asia Pacific, core group member of the South Asia feminist network – SANGAT, member of Women’s Alliance of Communities in Transition- South Asia, and Working Group member of the Asia Pacific Women’s Alli-ance on Peace and Security (APWAPS).

Was a Program Officer with the Ford Foundation, New Delhi office for several years supporting cutting edge work on women’s rights in India, Sri Lanka and Nepal, regional women’s human rights networks in the Asia Pacific region and collaborative cross region-al programmes in Latin America. She worked briefly with UN Women in New York and in New Delhi leading the regional programme on Women, Peace & Security in the South Asia Sub regional office of UN Women. She is presently based in the North East region of India and is an independent researcher and consultant on women ‘s human right , gender justice, peace and conflict transformation. She has been involved in work on women and sexual violence in conflict zones and work with women ex combatants in Nepal and North East India. She was also involved with the Centre for Economic and Social Rights, New York looking at socio economic rights through a feminist lens in political transitions in three different contexts across the globe.