Meet Ekta Prakash Sharma
Founder - Humanising Lives
Ekta has over 12 years of experience, she is a self-directed and innovative thinker with a knack for developing creative solutions to complex problems. She is an accomplished learning and social developmental expert who knows and understands the power of human rights and social wellbeing.
Ekta is the Director/CEO of Humanising Lives, a not-for-profit organization, where she provides overall strategic direction to support individuals in facing traumatic situations and overcoming challenges (poor mental, emotional, physical health) this emerged out of the need to address the turmoil that people face in their everyday lives, leading to worsening mental health and issues triggered by the pandemic. .
Her experience in program development with a deep commitment to advancing human rights through research, advocacy and with strong interest and ability in pursuing innovative human rights programming. Ekta is an accomplished learning and social developmental expert who knows and understands the power of human rights and social wellbeing.
She believes Health is also a human right and working on public health is important, because you are constantly striving to close the inequality gap between people and encourage equal opportunities for children, regardless of ethnicity, sexual orientation, or gender. She also ensures no one is disadvantaged because of their socio-economic background.
Ekta has designed and conducted various workshops for women prisoners on their sexual and reproductive health and mental health in collaboration with Indian Correctional Administration. Has independently planned and organized more than 50 Reproductive and Maternal Health Awareness workshops, taking public health approaches to meet the goals for SDG 3 (sexual and reproductive health) providing non-discriminatory access and awareness to adolescents, girls, and women. Within a year that impacted more than 5,000 plus women & girls belonging to various communities.
With Humanising Lives, Ekta has made her mark in the field of mental health through an organization that provides pro-bono services. In a world that increasingly requires psychological aid, she has made it more accessible, with a special focus on vulnerable populations who often lack this access in India. Through the NGO, Ekta is taking initiatives to provide therapy services to members of the LGBTQ+ community, by running a Queer Support Group in addition to individual sessions. During the 2nd wave of the pandemic, which was marked by mounting death and grief, Ekta initiated a Bereavement Support Group as well, trying to reach out to people who were grieving the loss of their loved ones, while battling with giref herself. She also ensures her team is updated with skills through workshops and seminars, trained well, and motivated to effectively work in sensitive situations.