Dr. Jyoti Sanghera
Dr. Jyoti Sanghera is the Section Chief of Human Rights and Economic and
Social Issues at the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for
Human Rights (OHCHR) in Geneva.
She has previously served as head of the OHCHR in Nepal. She has
been with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights for over
a decade, serving as the Adviser on Trafficking in Geneva for several
years, and subsequently as the Senior Human Rights Adviser in Sri Lanka.
Sanghera has also worked with UNICEF both in South Asia and New
York, and with UNDP’s regional office in New Delhi. She has been in
various capacities on human rights issues in relation to women,
migrants, sexual minorities, and other discriminated groups. Over the
past three decades, Sanghera has worked in conflict and post-conflict
situations, including projects with key NGOs in North America and Asia.
She has taught for several years in the Department of Women’s
Studies at the University of Victoria in Canada. Sanghera holds a PhD
from the University of California, Berkeley, an MA in women studies and
international development from the International Institute of Social
Studies in The Hague, and an MA in History from the Jawaharlal Nehru
University in New Delhi, India.
Born and educated in India – a country which she left for higher
education in Europe and the US – Sanghera has worked and lived on
several continents. She sees herself as a transnational global subject,
straddling the globe, with a double consciousness and post-colonial