Gender Violence as Insecurity: Research Trends in South Asia, new study


Anupama Srinivasan, who runs the Gender Violence Research and Information Taskforce at Prajnya, received a grant last year from the Global Consortium on Security Transformation to undertake a study on the state of gender violence research in South Asia. The study has just been published and we are proud to share it with you.

Anupama Srinivasan, Gender Violence as Insecurity: Research Trends in South Asia, Global Consortium on Security Transformation, New Voices Series, No. 9, February 2011.

How to end gender violence: Article in “Pragati”


Swarna Rajagopalan, Ending gender violence, Pragati, June 2010.

“Ending gender violence begins with acknowledging that there is a problem, and it is not a “ladies’ problem.” Zero-tolerance for violence is the true mark of civilisation, especially when backed by initiatives to create awareness and change attitudes, in government and society.”

In the news: “Women scientists face systemic biases”


Divya Gandhi, “Women Scientists face systemic biases“, The Hindu, May 7, 2010

This article summarizes the findings of a report commissioned by the Women in Science Panel of the Indian Academy of Sciences, “Trained scientific women power: How much are we losing and why?” (unavailable online). To quote:

“The Indian science community has for long contended with one discomfiting statistic: a staggering 60 per cent of women with Ph.Ds in science do not make it to research positions in science institutes.

The reason, as conventional perception had it, was that women scientists were overwhelmed by family responsibilities, particularly after childbirth, and pressured to drop out of research.”

Does this have to continue?

Prajnya researcher wins grant for gender violence research


We are delighted to share the good news that Anupama Srinivasan, most recently the 2009 Prajnya 16 Days Campaign Coordinator, has been awarded the GCST small grant for a research project on “Gender Violence as Insecurity: Research Trends in South Asia.” She will continue to work with Prajnya, and this project will contribute to an expansion of our engagement with this issue.

Prajnya turns one! And other updates…


What have we been up to since August? Good question, and about time someone asked us, considering it’s been about two months since the PSW Diary was updated.

A birthday!

Prajnya turned one on September 9, the anniversary of its launch in 2007. Read our anniversary update.

16 Days Campaign

For the most part, we have been frantically busy with conceptualizing programs and setting up partnerships for the Prajnya 16 Days Campaign against Gender Violence. Although there are days when we wish things would go faster, on the whole, we are not doing too badly. At the moment of writing this post, partnerships are almost sewn up for all the 16 Days. This is no mean feat, we assure you and congratulate ourselves, given:

  • the size of our team and its resources;
  • the nature of our volunteer team and the time it is able to devote;
  • we started too early for most partners and too late for most funders;
  • the fact that we have never done this before.

We alternate between excitement and anxiety.

Some of our anxiety inevitably has to do with money. Planned frugally and with resource re-use in mind, the campaign is still going to cost more than Prajnya has. We are moving ahead in spite of this in the faith that good work with good intentions brings its own resources. We are also planning each program in a way that can be scaled up or down depending on the resources we end up with.

But if you think this is a good cause and want to help us, you can find out how by looking here.

Resource Centre News

September was also important for us because the first of the research projects undertaken by the Prajnya Women in Politics and Policy Resource Centre was completed and published online.

Women Taking Action: A Survey of Chennai Women’s Organisations
Sweta Narayanan

The growth of organisations dedicated to serving women in India is interesting on account of its relevance and growing importance in the current scenario of accelerated women’s empowerment. This paper reviews the nature and working of women’s organisations in Chennai, as a lens to the Indian women’s movement. Its structure will serve to highlight two major objectives of the paper – a brief overview of the course of the women’s movement in the country and a detailed description of the activities of 20 organisations, from advocacy groups to service providers, currently working towards women’s welfare in Chennai.

We are so delighted to cross this milestone! Let us know if you want a soft copy of this paper by writing to us at

If you are a publishing professional, editor or designer, we are looking for people who will volunteer to design for us. Right now, everything including our website and almost all our logos are done in-house and our needs are slowly outstripping our capacity.

Prajnya and social networking

In this last period, we started a Facebook group for Prajnya. Look for us on Facebook as the group ‘Friends of Prajnya.’ This is a prelude to setting up a page for the 16 Days Campaign on the same networking site.