Aditi Bhaduri, a friend of ours, was in Kashmir prior to the Panchayat elections there, and she spoke to some extraordinary candidates who just happened to be women. Read about Sharifa Begum, Parveena Begum, Hasina Begum, Rosie Begum and Zeba Begum, and their most unusual choice in these apathetic times: to contest elections! And in an area where violence is pervasive. Inspiring!
Aditi Bhaduri, Panchayat Polls in Kashmir: Ordinary Women, Extraordinary Courage, The Sentinel, May 14, 2011.