Bharti Ali is Co-Founder and Co-Director of HAQ: Centre for Child Rights, a Delhi based NGO working towards securing all rights for all children.
Her work has included research on a range of issues relating to women and children, including child marriage, women’s right to property, domestic violence, education, child labour, child trafficking, child sexual abuse and juvenile justice to name a few. She has been developing training and education materials and undertaking capacity building programmes on child protection issues, particularly juvenile justice, child sexual abuse and child trafficking, for various police academies, judicial academies, national and state legal services authorities and such other agencies as well as civil society organisations. Being trained as a lawyer, she has also been involved in providing legal counseling to women and children who come in contact with the law.
Bharti has authored several publications, articles and reports based on her research. Many of these are part of the research undertaken by her at MARG and at HAQ.
As part of HAQ’s advocacy initiatives, she has been engaging with various government bodies in drafting laws, policies, plans, programmes and schemes relating to women and children. She has been associated with several government initiatives and committees as an expert. She is currently a member of the Gender Sensitization and Internal Complaints Committee of the Supreme Court of India and the Delhi State Legal Services Authority.
She has represented India in various International conferences and consultations. She was part of the Expert Group invited to London in January 2015 by Girls Not Brides to discuss and develop indicators for the Theory of Change for Prevention of Child Marriage. In 2011, she was part of the Expert Group Meeting held in Vienna to give inputs on a Model UN Law on Juvenile Justice drafted by the UNODC. She has been an active participant in the meetings of the Asia Pacific Council on Juvenile Justice.