Bani Dugal

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Bani Dugal "is the Principal Representative of the Bahá'í International Community to the United Nations. As part of the community of international NGOs at the United Nations, she currently serves as member-at-large on the NGO Committee on Human Rights and the NGO Committee on Freedom of Religion or Belief and is the immediate past Chair of the NGO Committee on the Status of Women. She has served as Chair of the Global Forum of the NGO Committee on UNICEF, member of the Steering Committee of the NGO Committee on UNICEF’s Working Group on Girls, Former Convener of the NGO Committee on UNIFEM, and former Convener of the Advocates for African Food Security.

"Ms. Dugal has served in numerous capacities throughout her time at the Bahá’í International Community. In July 2005, she was invited to speak at the Conference on Interfaith Cooperation for Peace, which was hosted by a tripartite convening group comprised of representatives from 17 member states, the World Bank, UNESCO, the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) and the Committee of Religious NGOs at the United Nations. In March 2005, she discussed the women's role in conflict prevention, resolution and peace-building at the International Conference on Gender Mainstreaming and Millennium Development Goals in Pakistan. That same year, Ms. Dugal represented the Bahá’í International Community at the World Economic Forum in Davos, where she was invited to participate as a religious leader and women’s leader. In December 2003, she addressed the South Asian Regional Conference on Education: the Right of Every Girl and Boy, in New Delhi as the inaugural event keynote speaker. She was actively involved in the Beijing Conference, as well as the Beijing +5 and recent Beijing +10 reviews.

"Ms. Dugal worked at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and holds a Masters degree in Environmental Law from Pace University School of Law. Prior to relocating to the United States in 1988, she practiced law before the Supreme Court of India." [1]

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  1. Staff, Baha'i International Community, accessed July 23, 2008.