Women of the World Board of Directors
Swati Sharma is the Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors at Women of the World. An immigrant from Nepal, Swati is a lawyer who received her Juris Doctorate and Bachelors’ degrees from Brigham Young University (BYU), Utah. Swati currently works on the Legal Team at Adobe. Inc, providing corporate legal product support to Adobe’s Digital Experience Cloud. Outside of work, Swati volunteers on various Adobe projects that promote diversity and cultural awareness.
Swati is dedicated to promoting Human Rights. As a legal intern, Swati worked at United Nations Development Program-Center for Constitution Development in Nepal, helping draft the new constitution of Nepal. In that role, Swati stressed on the importance of gender equality, LGBT and women’s rights and those of minorities.
After graduating from J. Ruben Clark Law School, Swati worked at Cohen Milstein Seller &Toll, a Washington D.C. based International Plaintiff Law Firm. She worked with top human rights attorneys to represent the families of 12 Nepali workers murdured by terrorists in Iraq and five surviving workers in actions against KBR, a U.S. military contractor. The suit asserts that the Nepali workers were lured to Jordan with the false promise of well-paying hotel jobs, and were then trafficked to Iraq to work for KBR. As a little girl in Nepal, Swati remembers being traumatized after watching a video of those murders. Being able to work on their cause years later was a shining moment in her career, and Swati has since dedicated her life to helping those with little to no resources.
After moving back to Utah, Swati rediscovered her passion for human rights and service after interacting with refugees as many refugees in Utah are from Bhutan and speak Nepali, Swati’s native language. Through various community cultural events, Swati had the opportunity to meet and come to love many more refugee families from all over the world and was deeply inspired by their stories of courage that always brought her to tears. Swati is acutely aware of the problems currently faced by the refugee population, and continues to work on innovative ways to address their needs, such as transportation, basic healthcare, etc. Swati hopes to be able to contribute in many ways to the vision and energy of this remarkable organization and brings herself to serve with unparalleled passion.
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