Nive Sharat Chandran

Vice President of the World YWCA

Nive Sharat Chandran

Vice President of the World YWCA

Biography

Nive was born in Chennai, India but moved to Aotearoa when she was 10 years old. She grew up in Auckland but now lives in Wellington where she works as a policy analyst for the Ministry of Health and works on therapeutics and drugs policy.   

Nive’s passion is the empowerment of women, young people and children. She holds several national and global governance roles. She is the current Co-President of YWCA Aotearoa/New Zealand, Vice President of the World YWCA and a board member of YouthLaw Aotearoa.  

In 2014 and 2015, Nive attended the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women as a delegate where campaigned for the dignity and rights of women and girls in relation to education, ending violence against women, economic opportunities, and finally, the fulfilment of sexual reproductive health and rights.

Nive has worked as the youth coordinator and advocate for Shakti. She has also held an internship at the Office of Ethnic Affairs in the Department of Internal Affairs and is a past chair woman of the Auckland City Youth Council. She was also a finalist in the emerging leader category for the Westpac’s Women of Influence Awards 2013.  

Fluent in both Tamil and English, Nive is also able to stay abreast with contemporary issues facing young people through her connections.  She has strong networks within the Ministry of Youth Development, Ministry for Women, Asia New Zealand Foundation‘s Leadership Network, Auckland Council’s Youth Advisory Panel, UNESCO NZ’s Youth Advisory Group, and the Office of Ethnic Communities.

 

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