Women, Gender And Society In India


This book which is a compilation of 24 research papers focuses on the women’s issues in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. It tries to explore as to how the goal of reducing poverty, universal literacy and inequality has not been met in the past so many decades. It also examines and discusses various themes including issues of marriage and divorce in Islam in Kashmir valley, women’s political participation and discrimination, inequality, socio-economic status, women prisoners, self help groups, issues of mental health, female foeticide, single mothers, women in policing, violence against women and challenges in empowerment etc

The book takes a fresh look at the issues faced by the women in J & K. Not only the gender gap in accessing education, health, and economic and political participation remains very wide in the state, the gap between rural and urban population in respect of economic opportunities and access to social services also continues to exist. The book raises issues of interest to policy makers, practitioners and scholars regarding women’s issues in Jammu and Kashmir.


Dr. Kavita Suri is working as Director and Head, Department of Lifelong Learning, University of Jammu. She is also Member, J&K State Commission for Women, J&K government

A PhD in Education from the University of Jammu, she has authored five books including “Gujjars and Bakkarwals of Jammu and Kashmir-In the shadow of conflict”, “Voices Unheard – Women, conflict and Kashmir’, ‘Turtuk Unveiled’ (A book on lesser known Balti tribes living in Turtuk area bordering India and Pakistan in Ladakh), ‘Impact of Violence on Girls’ Education in Kashmir’ and ‘Gender, Work and Stress- A case study of Jammu region’.

She has been awarded a number of fellowships and awards. A recipient of British Chevening Print Journalists’ fellowship at the University of Westminster, London and CharkhaSanjoy Ghose media fellowship for the women journalists working in areas of conflict on the theme ‘Women and peace building in Kashmir”, she also visited USA under US International Visitors Exchange Fellowship Program and studied “Journalism in U.S”.

Her interest areas include education, gender, conflict, displacement, refugees, marginalized groups including tribal societies etc. She is fluent in Kashmiri, Punjabi, Dogri, Hindi and English languages. She regularly writes for The Statesman and other newspapers.


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