About Me

I have explored the intersection of women’s lives with violence as a humanitarian aid worker, policy analyst, human rights researcher, writer, and academic. My personal concern is Tamil women in Sri Lanka, my political project situates their experiences within the struggles of marginalized women everywhere.   *** Artwork courtesy of Chitra Ganesh.

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Emissaries of Empowerment

In Emissaries of Empowerment, Kate Cronin-Furman, Rafia Zakaria, and I examine the de-politicizing, and re-feminizing impact of contemporary empowerment-based interventions in the developing world and how these programs often reinforce, rather than combat, the deep marginalization of women. COVERAGE OF THE REPORT in the NEW YORK TIMES: HERE FULL PDF HERE: EMISSARIES OF EMPOWERMENT 2017

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