Ms. Bani Dugal

Bani Dugal is the Principal Representative of the Bahá’í International Community to the UN.

She is currently the Vice Chair of the Steering Committee of the NGO Working Group on the Security Council and serves as an advisor to the Faith-Based Advisory Council of the UN Task Force. She previously served as President of the NGO Committee on Freedom of Religion or Belief, Chair of the NGO Committee on the Status of Women, Chair of the Global Forum of the NGO Committee on UNICEF, amongst several positions she has held at the UN in NY.

Ms. Dugal holds a Masters (LL.M) in Environmental Law from Pace University School of Law, New York and a law degree (LL.B) from the University of Delhi, India. She has authored published articles, statements and papers.

Prior to relocating to the U.S. in 1988, she practiced law before the Supreme Court of India.

She has participated in many high-level events, including: UNWomen Intergenerational Dialogue Day at the 59th CSW/Beijing+20 (2015), and the World Economic Forum (2005, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018).

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Land Acknowledgment

The Parliament of the World's Religions acknowledges it is situated on the traditional homelands of the Bodéwadmik (Potawatomi), Hoocąk (Winnebago/Ho’Chunk), Jiwere (Otoe), Nutachi (Missouria), and Baxoje (Iowas); Kiash Matchitiwuk (Menominee); Meshkwahkîha (Meskwaki); Asâkîwaki (Sauk); Myaamiaki (Miami), Waayaahtanwaki (Wea), and Peeyankihšiaki (Piankashaw); Kiikaapoi (Kickapoo); Inoka (Illini Confederacy); Anishinaabeg (Ojibwe), and Odawak (Odawa).

PoWR recognizes the region we now call Chicago remains home to a diversity of Indigenous peoples today and this land upon which we walk, live, and play continues to be Indigenous land.

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