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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@Al Jazeera English: UN Peacekeepers Keeping the Peace or Preventing it?

co-authored with Dr. Kate-Cronin Furman Last month’s Associated Press (AP) report on the estimated 2,000 allegations of sexual abuse and exploitation by peacekeepers and United Nations personnel around the world wasn’t precisely breaking news. Allegations of serious misconduct directed by peacekeeping troops have dogged the UN for years. But the AP report contained several testimonies…

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@ViceNews: Amid Terrorism Fears, Signs Appear of a Rift Between Young Muslim and Black Women

This piece examines the tensions between young women activists caught between intersecting identities and polarized politics. Women who are all, “at risk of surveillance and police brutality — whether they cover their heads with a hijab or a hoodie” The full piece can be found on Vice News: https://news.vice.com/article/amid-us-terrorism-fears-signs-appear-of-a-rift-between-young-muslim-and-black-women

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The Forever Victims? The Dangers of Victimizing Tamil Women

In a global moment where the conversation around sexual violence is both incessant and remarkably over-simplified, this report,The Forever Victims Tamil Women in Post-War Sri Lanka, is a snapshot study by myself and Dr. Kate Cronin-Furman that attempts to disrupt prevailing narratives on the position, and politics, of Tamil women. As Sri Lanka comes up for…

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