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Hansa Jivraj Mehta
|Born||3 July 1897|
|Died||4 April 1995(aged 97)|
|Spouse(s)||Jivraj Narayan Mehta|
Hansa Jivraj Mehta (3 July 1897 – 4 April 1995) was a reformist, social activist, educator, independence activist, feminist and writer from India. She wrote many children's books in Gujarati and translated many English stories, including Gulliver's Travels. She organized the picketing of shops selling foreign clothes and liquor, and participated in other freedom movement activities in line with the advice of Mahatma Gandhi. She was even arrested and sent to jail by the British.
Hansa was elected to Bombay Schools Committee in 1926 and became president of All India Women's Conference in 1945–46. In her presidential address at the All India Women's Conference convention held in Hyderabad, she proposed a Charter of Women's Rights. She held different posts in India from 1945 to 1960 - the vice-chancellor of SNDT Women's University, member of All India Secondary Board of Education, president of Inter University Board of India and vice-chancellor of Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, among others.
Hansa was born in a Nagar Brahmin family. She was the daughter of Manubhai Mehta and the granddaughter of Nandshankar Mehta, the author of the first Gujarati novel Karan Ghelo. She was married to Jivraj Narayan Mehta, an eminent physician and administrator.
Hansa represented India on the Nuclear Sub-Committee on the status of women in 1946. As the Indian delegate on the UN Human Rights Commission in 1947–48, she was responsible for changing the language of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights from "all men are created equal" (Eleanor Roosevelt’s preferred phrase) to all human beings, highlighting the need for gender equality. Hansa later went on to become the vice chairman of the Human Rights Commission of the United Nations in 1950. She was also a member of the Executive Board of UNESCO.