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Dr. Shamim Modi

Dr. Shamim Modi She is one of the founder members of the Shramik Adivasi Sanghatana, a Tribal Rights Organisation engaged in empowering the Tribal and Dalit communities for seeking justice in cases of gross violation of their rights. Shramik Adivasi Sanghatana(SAS) has been active in Betul, Harda and Khandawa Districts of Madhya Pradesh for the past 24 years, mobilizing the marginalized and vulnerable sections of the society against injustice and oppressions. She has been a full- time socio-political activist for the last 24 years, before joining the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai in May 2009 as a full-time faculty. She presently Chairs the Centre for Law and Society under the School of Law, Rights and Constitutional Governance at TISS and Governing Board member for the Forum for Medical Ethics Society (FMES).

Laxmi Murthy

Laxmi Murthy is associate editor, Himal Southasian. Her writings, with a focus on giving voice to issues marginalised by mainstream media, have appeared in major dailies including The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Hindu and the Indian Express. Laxmi was an editor at the Women’s Feature Service, an international news-feature agency specialising in development issues from a gender perspective and was also South Asia coordinator for the Tolerance Prize, an award for excellence in journalism instituted by the International
Federation of Journalists.

Dr. Nitasha Kaul

Dr. Kaul is an Associate Professor in Politics and International Relations at the University of Westminster, London, U.K.  She is also a Kashmiri novelist, politics/IR academic, poet, and an economist. She continues to write and speak on issues of political economy, neoliberalism, economic justice and economic violence.

Her first book was a scholarly monograph on economics and philosophy titled ‘Imagining Economics Otherwise: encounters with identity/difference’ (Routledge, 2007). She is also the co-editor of a recent special volume on ‘Women and Kashmir’. Dr. Kaul has also shortlisted for the Man Asian Literary for her novel “Residue”. Her latest novel titled ‘Future Tense’ has been published in January 2020 by Harper Collins.

Dr. Anjali Arondekar

Dr. Arondekar is an Associate Professor, Department of Feminist Studies and the
Co-Director, Center for South Asian Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz, U.S. Her monograph, For the Record: On Sexuality and the Colonial Archive in India is the winner of (winner of the Alan Bray Memorial Book Award for best book in lesbian, gay, or queer studies in literature and cultural studies, Modern Language Association, 2010. Her forthcoming book, Abundance: Sexuality and Historiography, marshals its archival materials from a range of multilingual historical and literary sources in English, Marathi, Konkani and Portuguese.

Dr. Anita Ghai

Dr. Anita Ghai joined as a professor in School of Human Studies, Ambedkar University Delhi, in 2015. Anita has been the former President of the Indian Association for Women’s Studies. She has authored Re-thinking Disability in India, Routledge, New Delhi (2015), (Dis) Embodied Form: Issues of Disabled Women (2003), co-authored The Mentally Handicapped: Prediction of the Work Performance with Anima Sen and edited Disability in South Asia: Knowledge and Experience (2018). She is also an editor for Disability and Society (Taylor and Francis), Scandinavian Journal of Disability Research and Indian Journal of Gender studies.

Dr. Akkai Padmashali

Dr. Akkai Padmashali is an Indian transgender activist, motivational speaker, and singer. For her work in activism she has received the Rajyotsava Prashasti, the second highest civilian honor of the state of Karnataka, and an honorary doctorate from the Indian Virtual University for Peace and Education.

Aishe Ghosh

Aishe Ghosh is a research scholar at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. As a student at the University, she currently serves as the President of the JNU Students’ Union. Furthermore, she also serves as a member of Delhi State Committee of the Students’ Federation of India.

Kalpana Sharma

Kalpana Sharma is an independent journalist, columnist and author based in Mumbai. In almost five decades as a journalist specializing in developmental, environmental and gender issues, she has worked with Himmat Weekly, Indian Express, Times of India, The Hindu and Economic & Political Weekly. Her column on gender, “The Other Half” ran for 30 years first in Indian Express and then The Hindu. Currently, she writes a media column in Newslaundry.com. Her latest book is “The Silence and the Storm: Narratives of violence against women in India” (2019).

She is also the author of “Rediscovering Dharavi: Stories from Asia’s Largest Slum” (2000). In addition, she has edited “Single by Choice, Happily Unmarried Women” (2019) and “Missing: Half the Story, Journalism as if Gender Matters” (2010), and co-edited “Whose News? The Media and Women’s Issues” (1994/2006), and “Terror Counter-Terror: Women Speak Out” (2003).

Sameera Khan

Sameera Khan is a Mumbai-based independent journalist, researcher and co-author of the critically acclaimed book, ‘Why Loiter: Women and Risk on Mumbai Streets’ (PenguinRandom House, 2011) which examines women’s access to public space. A journalist for three decades and a former Assistant Editor with The Times of India, for several years she taught a masters-level reporting course at the School for Media & Cultural Studies at Tata Institute of Social Sciences. Till recently, she wrote a column, ‘Streetwise’, on women and the city in The Hindu (Metro Plus) newspaper. For the last decade, she has also been a media trainer, guiding journalists on how to cover violence against women, particularly rape. A consultant on the Tata Institute Social Sciences (Mumbai) & York University (Toronto) project, ‘Urbanisation, Gender & the Global South: A Transformative Knowledge
Network’ (GenUrb), she is currently researching the lives of lower-income women in Mumbai. A co-author of the first Global Media Monitoring Project India Report (2010), she is a founding member of the Network of Women in Media India.

Dr. Aqsa Shaikh

Dr. Aqsa Shaikh is a medical doctor and teacher in Delhi, India. She is an Associate Professor of Community Medicine. She was born, brought up and educated in Bombay. Dr. Shaikh is a blogger for Times of India, Youth ki Awaaz and Women’s Web. Having authored multiple academic books, this is her first venture into writing Fiction. Dr. Shaikh is a poet and writes in English, Hindi, and Urdu. She is also a rights-activist and social media influencer and writes and works for rights of Transgender Persons, Persons with Disability and Persons with Mental Illness. She is the recipient of Youth ki Awaaz Award for best Article on Mental
Health.

Girija Gupte

Girija Gupte is Head, Department of Sociology at Sathaye College, Mumbai. Since 1987, Prof Gupte has been a Human Rights and Trade Union activist and has worked with trade unions of contract workers at Mumbai airport and in the readymade garments’ industry.

She has also worked with slum-dwellers for housing rights through her career. Her
research interests include Urban Development, Urban Youth, Literature of the Marginalised and Cinema.

Sumaira Jajja

Sumaira Jajja is a Pakistani journalist with over 10 years of experience in print and
electronic media. She has reported for The News, IRIN (now called The New Humanitarian), Herald and is currently working for Dawn newspaper. She has reported on health, education and human rights. She was part of a team that investigated the prevalence of ‘Gender Based Violence and Reproductive Health’ for the World Population Foundation’s Pakistan office which looked at the most violence-prone districts in the country for women. Over the years, she has reported on disasters including the 2010 and 2011 floods, 2013 earthquake in Awaran and the HIV outbreak in Ratodero in 2019.

Urvashi Butalia

Urvashi Butalia is the co-founder of Kali for Women in 1984 and the founder of Zubaan, 2003. With over 35 years of experience in feminist and independent publishing, she has a formidable reputation in the industry in India and abroad. She also has a long involvement in the women’s movement in India, and is a well-known writer, both in academia and in the literary world. Some of her key works include her path-breaking study of Partition, ‘The Other Side of Silence: Voices from the Partition of India’ which won the Oral History Book Association Award and the Nikkei Asia Award for Culture. She has also on the advisory boards of a number of national and international organisations. Some of her awards and accolades include the Pandora award for women’s publishing, the French Chevalier des
Artes et des Lettres and the Padma Shree, the highest civilian honour awarded by the Indian government.

Sampat Pal Dev

Sampat is founder and the leader of Gulaabi Gang. She has worked as a government health worker but resigned her job later to become a social crusader. In 2006 she started a society called the Gulabi Gang with a group of women from her village to fight various forms of social injustice. This developed into an organized women’s movement with tens of thousands of members spread over several districts in Uttar Pradesh. The women members wear pink saris and arm themselves with bamboo sticks, which they use whenever they come up against violent resistance. Gulaabi Gang has been recognized internationally since.

Dr. Rajni Palriwala

Dr. Rajni Palriwala retired from the University of Delhi, where she was a professor of
sociology. Her research falls within the broad area of gender relations, covering care and emotion, citizenship and the welfare state, kinship and marriage, dowry, women and work, women’s movements and feminist politics, cross-cultural and comparative studies, and methodology.

Other than numerous journal articles and book chapters, she has authored Changing kinship, family, and gender relations in South Asia: Processes, trends and issues (1994) and jointly authored Care, culture and citizenship: Revisiting the politics of welfare in the Netherlands (2005) and Planning families, planning gender: The adverse child sex ratio in selected districts (2008).

She has jointly edited Marrying in South Asia: Shifting concepts, changing practices in a globalised world (2013), Marriage, migration, and gender (2008), Shifting circles of support: Contextualising kinship and gender relations in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa (1996), and Structures and strategies: Women, work and family in Asia (1990).

She has served as Head, Department of Sociology and Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Delhi. She has been an NWO Visiting Professor and a visiting fellow at Leiden University, a fellow at the IIAS, Leiden, and held the ICCR Chair in Contemporary India at Sciences PO, Paris.Health.

Dr. Shilpa Phadke

Researcher, writer, pedagogue. At present she is Associate Professor, Mumbai campus. Her research interests include: gender and the politics of space, the middle classes, sexuality and the body, feminist politics among young women, reproductive subjectivities, feminist parenting, and pedagogic practices. Chairperson – Centre for the Study of Contemporary Culture, School of Media and Cultural Studies

Dr. Smita Patil

Dr. Smita Patil is currently an Assistant Professor in School of Gender & Development Studies, IGNOU, New Delhi, India. Her most recent publication is ‘Reading Caste, Gender and Sexuality in Dalit Writings’ in Journal, Intersections: Gender and Sexuality in Asia and the Pacific, Australian National University, Issue 34, March 2014, Australia, and ‘Revitalising Dalit Feminism: Towards Reexive, Anti-Caste Agency of Mang and Mahar Women in Maharashtra’, Review of Women’s Studies, Economic & Political Weekly , May 4, VOL XLVIII NO 18, 2013, India and so on. Her areas of interest are women’s and gender studies, gender and law, political and social theory , caste and identity politics , education and so on.

Rishit Neogi

Rishit Neogi is a non-binary transperson from Ranchi, Jharkhand. They have worked as a researcher and writer with various social movements such as Narmada Bachao Andolan. They are currently working on the issues of urban poor including gender minorities. They have published fiction and non-fiction pieces on gender issues on various platforms.

Dr. Meghna Dutta

Dr. Meghna Dutta is an Assistant Professor of Economics at the Indian Institute of Technology, Patna. A doctorate from Jadavpur University, she has published in several Indian and international journals. She has also taught at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Goa Institute of Management, Naval War College, Goa. Her broad area of work includes micro economic modelling, econometrics and development economics. Her research mainly focuses on issues related to the informal sector and the conditions of women therein, how corruption disproportionately affects women and girls. She has also worked extensively on issues of women empowerment in Solapur, Maharashtra and has been instrumental in preparing the Human Development Report of Solapur.

Pooja Nair

Pooja Nair (ciswoman, pronoun: she) has been part of the non-profit sector for over a decade. She has worked variously as a researcher, documentation consultant, trainer and now as an independent therapist. She has an MPhil in social work and has worked in the areas of life skills, gender, sexuality, violence and child sexual abuse. She has also worked with adolescents on life skills development. She’s currently working on her PhD in addition to being a mental health practitioner and trainer. She is faculty at Mariwala Health Initiative’s (MHI) Queer Affirmative Counselling Practice Certificate Course.

Dr. Deepti Misri

Dr. Misri is an Associate Professor of Women and Gender Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder, U.S. She is the author of Beyond Partition: Gender, Violence and Representation in Postcolonial India (2014), and a number of other articles in academic journals.

She is also a founding member of the Critical Kashmir Studies Collective, a feminist collective of scholars who work on Kashmir. Her work currently focuses on literary and visual representations of militarized occupation in Kashmir.