Dr. A.L. Sharada has done her Doctorate in Sociology from the Central University of Hyderabad in the field of Sociology of Occupations and Professions. She has been active in the Development Sector for the last 25 years. She started her career as a faculty member in the Central University of Hyderabad. She was also on the faculty of Indian Institute of Health Management Research (IIHMR) at Jaipur.
She carried out many short-term consultancy assignments for UNICEF and UNFPA in Rajasthan, Gujarat and Maharashtra. She has also conducted several programmes for NGOs in U.P. and Rajasthan on various issues such as rehabilitation of the mentally handicapped persons, mobile crèches for migrant construction workers, adolescent, non-formal and innovative education initiatives, and empowerment of women, child labor and women’s health. Dr Sharada had conducted various training programs for personnel of international agencies, NGOs and Government departments on gender and RCH as well as on Communication Planning.
She was invited by the US government Under International Visitors Leadership Programme on “Role of NGOs in addressing Global Gender Issues” in June 2009
She was a Member of the Committees constituted by Government of Maharashtra to suggest amendments to the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act and to develop communication strategy for the effective implementation of the PCPNDT (Pre-conception and Pre-natal Diagnostic Techniques (Prevention of Misuse Act). She is an invited member on the State Supervisory Board.
She is on the Sexual Harassment committees of Whistling Woods International and Elphinstone College. She is a member of Board of Studies of Sociology Department, KJ Somaiya College.
She has recently come on board of Campaign India Magazine as Gender Expert. She reviews and scores the ads released every fortnight for Gender Sensitivity.