A change-maker who has dedicated her life to social work after a life-changing experience
By Srishti Kapoor
Shirin Shabana Khan is a professional social worker and an academic in social work. She committed her life to the social cause after coming in close connection with the problems faced by the marginalised sections in society. Over the years, Ms. Khan has grown as a professional anchor in the leadership of Peoples’ Vigilance Committee on Human Rights (PVCHR), an organisation that is today one of the leading health and human rights NGOs in Uttar Pradesh, India. Now she is the program director of PVCHR and leading the initiative “Healing and Empowering marginalised communities in India”. Ms. Khan is one of the young women voices in India. Coming from a minority Muslim background, she is focused to fight for women’s rights where real issues are to be identified and discussed in relation to health, rights, and well-being.
Can you tell us something about yourself?
I am a professional social worker, graduated, and post-graduated in social work. I joined Peoples’ Vigilance Committee on Human Rights (PVCHR)/Jan Mitra Nyas (JMN) in 2007 during the time when the organisation was transforming from activist to professional organisation. Now I am the program director of the organisation and leading the initiative “Healing and Empowering marginalised communities in India”, with a specific focus on creating torture-free model villages. I was also selected as a change-maker under She Creates Change 5.0 of Change.org. I was born on 26th October 1980 in a middle-class Muslim family as the youngest child of my parents. In spite of my father’s sickness, my mother worked hard to provide higher education to her four children. In March 2012, Peoples’ Vigilance Committee on Human Rights (PVCHR) honoured my mother with the Jan Mitra Award (Peoples’ Friendly Award).