Editor, Indian Journal of Gender Studies
and Consultant, Centre for Women's Development Studies (CWDS), New Delhi.
Since 1975, has been a researcher and university teacher, in education, gender and equality issues. Since the 1990s has focused on (a) project conceptualisation, related research and administration; (b) monitoring and evaluation, and (c) editorial and management functions.
From 1988 onwards, she has been visiting
fellow at various institutions:
Project Development and Administration
In 1991, together with senior colleagues, conceptualised the design, research methodology and main focus of the CWDS-North-South Institute (Ottawa) collaborative project on "The Impact of Macro Policies on Women in the Period of Liberalisation : A Comparative Perspective from India and Canada". Managed by the Conference Board of Canada with CIDA funds, papers in the study have been published in CWDS' Shifting Sands - Women's Lives and Globalisation (Calcutta: Stree Publications, 2000) Has worked in the area of women and health and how new policies are likely to affect the underprivileged. Project administration has meant : (a) supervision and coordination of the research team, interaction and brainstorming with consultants on the project as well as senior in-house researchers; (b) several meetings in Canada and in India with the partner institute as well as the donor agency; (c) participation and presentation of research findings at the three workshops of the project - two in Canada and one in India; (d) providing inputs for the workshop report Shifting Sands, (CWDS, 1994).
Prepared a report on Violence Against Women - Domestic Violence in Delhi for the Department of Women and Child Development, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India. Conceptualised and designed the study. In addition to being the principal researcher, supervised and coordinated the work of colleagues from CWDS. At an end-of-the project workshop in March 1995, presented a paper entitled "Violence Against Women - Silences and Choosing to Hear".
Since 1989, has been a member of the
Committee on Women's Studies in Asia, a group of Asian Women's Studies
scholars involved in the production of reading material. The following
two publications have been produced by the Committee:
Is a member of the Editorial Board of the Asian Journal of Women's Studies based in EWHA Womans University, Seoul, Korea.
Has co-edited Breaking the Silence: Violence against Women in Asia, Hong Kong: Equal Opportunities Commission together with Women in Asian Development and UNESCO National Commsision of the Philippines.
As Editor of Indian Journal of Gender Studies published by Sage for CWDS is actively involved with the planning, commissioning, selection, and editing of contributions to the issues. In many ways, the Journal published since 1994, is a pioneer in the geographic region, and aims at providing a more holistic understanding of society through articles, personal narratives, archives, discussion and point of view sections, from all parts of the world. It is distributed internationally by Sage through its offices in the UK and USA.
Human Rights Activities
Has been actively working with Burmese refugees since 1990 particularly with students, for their rehabilitation in India. Is a founder member of the Friends of Burma Trust and has written widely on the restoration of democracy in Burma.
Following the project on Violence against Women, has been writing and speaking on this aspect of social reality in national newspapers such as The Hindu, The Hindustan Times and the Indian Express.
Since 1975 has been writing papers, making presentations and giving guest lectures at a range of fora. Significant publications include:
Books and Monographs:
Selection of Chapters/Essays in Books and Journals:
Consultant for the Nagaland Environment Protection and Economic Development
Project (NEPED) funded by the Government of Nagaland and the International
Development Research Centre (IDRC) of Canada. Was commissioned to write
the following two papers:
1996: Short-term consultant for the District Primary Education Programme
(DPEP) of the Government of India; wrote a paper entitled "The Girl
Child in India - An Overview and Agenda for Action and Research".
- September 1997: Coordinator for a UNESCO-funded four-state study entitled
"Empowering Women as Agents of Change in Community Development, Population
Programmes and Environmental Protection". Apart from conceptualising
the study, guiding the four senior researchers and coordinating with UNESCO
officials, I have written the Introduction and the Action Plan. The case
studies focus on the role of NGOs and women's organisations in bringing
about communal harmony, community development and people's empowerment.
1998: Commissioned to write a paper on "Commercial Sexual Exploitation
and Abuse of Children in India" by the Commonwealth Secretariat,
1998 as a part of a regional survey of the problem.
June 1999-October 2000: Editor and Co-ordinator of a six-state study of the National Literacy Mission funded by the Asian South Pacific Bureau of Adult Education. A publication entitled Reading the Wor(l)d - Understanding the Literacy Campaigns in India that was brought out in 2000 is under consideration for release as a book by Sage Publications.
Membership of Academic and Professional Organisations / Groups
--Asian Centre for Women's Studies,
Ewha Womans University, Seoul, Korea (Executive Committee Member)