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Caste, Gender & Anti-Islamophobic Struggles in South India


Cynthia Stephen is an independent social policy researcher and analyst and independent journalist. She is also a well-known trainer on Gender, policy and Development issues. She has written a number of articles for newspapers, magazines, and journals as well as contributed chapters to several books including on the girl child and experiences of discrimination in higher education in India. Her body of work includes leadership in several people’s initiatives for justice, in large country-wide women’s empowerment groups, and theoretical work on women’s concerns from the unrecognized perspective of women and girls from the large number of marginalised sections in India. She represents three of them – women, religious minority (in India), and the Dalit community, from among the former untouchables in India. She is President of the Training, Editorial and Development Services Trust, (TEDS Trust), and is based in Bangalore, India.

This event is made possible by support from Equality Labs, a South Asian organization that uses community research, socially engaged art, and technology to end the oppression of caste apartheid, Islamophobia, white supremacy, and religious intolerance is instrumental in making this connection with us at MIC.

Co-sponsors of this event include the Center for Race Gender and Department of Gender & Women’s Studies, both at UC Berkeley. And the powerful Huma Dar!!