Deepa Narayan is the author of the groundbreaking book, Chup: Breaking The Silence About India’s Women based on over 600 interviews with metro women, men and children. It is the first behavioral analyses of educated women and men in cities. Her moniker is Cultural Detective.
Previously she was Senior Adviser at the World Bank on poverty policies and wrote the influential series Voices of the Poor. She is the recipient of many awards including being named one of 100 most influential global thinkers by Foreign Policy Magazine as well as one of India’s 35 Great Thinkers by India Today. Her opinio pieces have been published in the New York Times, The Guardian and Hindustan Times.
She will be in conversation with Albertina Almeida, a lawyer, human rights activist and independent researcher. She has co-founded several rights initiatives and groups interrogating ‘development’, including Bailancho Saad, Citizens’ Initiatives for Communal Harmony, Saad Aangan, and SEZ Watch.
Presently, she contributes to the Focal Point of the Feminist Legal Program of the Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development, besides being a member of the Intercontinental Alliance for Women, Law and Development. She has attended numerous international, and national conferences, including the Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations. She also regularly writes opinion pieces for the local and national press and is the author of Tug and Tear: Dealing With Child Sexual Abuse (2008).
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