Chennai Mathematical Institute


3:30 pm, Auditorium, CMI
"Gender Matters"

Swarna Rajagopalan
The Prajnya Trust, Chennai.


What is gender and why is it such a big deal? What makes something a gender issue? What is gender-based violence and why should I care? This talk provides a window to some of the most heated conversations taking place today, online and offline.

About the speaker:

Dr. Swarna Rajagopalan is a political scientist by training and the founder of Prajnya. Prajnya has worked for ten years around Chennai and online to create awareness about gender violence and how to respond to it. She received her Ph.D. in Political Science (1998) at the Univ of Illinois Urbana Chaimpaign, an M.A. in International Relations from Syracuse (1985) and a B.A. in Political Science from Elphinstone College, Bombay (1984). Her Ph.D. dissertation was published as State and Nation in South Asia (Lynne Rienner 2001/ Viva 2006). She is the author of several articles and book chapters and recently, a monograph for the East-West Center, Washington DC, on peace accords in the NE. She has edited Security and South Asia: Ideas, Institutions and Initiatives (Routledge India 2006) and co-edited Women, Security, South Asia: A Clearing in the Thicket, with Farah Faizal (Sage 2005) and Re-Distribution of Authority: A Cross-Regional Perspective with Jeanie J. Bukowski (Praeger 2000). She is currently at work on a project relating to UN Security Council Resolution 1325 and a co-edited anthology on gender and disasters. (

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