Ms. Nalini Shekar
Nalini Shekar is the co- founder and Executive Director of Hasiru Dala a wastepickers organization in Bangalore and also co-founded Kagad, Kach Kashtakari Panchayat (KKPKP), union of wastepickers in Pune in 1997. Her passion lies in restoring the dignity of workers in the unorganised waste sector, improving their access to predictable livelihoods and providing social security for their families. She has also worked extensively on the issue of violence against women both in India and United States. Over the years, Nalini has trained hundreds of waste pickers on new ways of solid waste management and helped develop their skill to become waste management professionals. In addition she has worked with state officials, students and citizens,creating awareness on the need for sustainable waste management practices and integration of waste pickers.