Special Projects

The Special Projects seek to identify and support talent that explores innovative approaches and uses alternative and creative media such as film, art, theatre, dance and installations. Fellowships under this category encourage NGO workers, activists, grassroots practitioners, artists, policymakers and full-time professionals to bring their learning and expertise to a wider audience.

2008
Ratna Menon (New Delhi, India)
The India-Pakistan Border in Punjab

Sarala Emmanuel and Radhika Hettiarachchi (Colombo, Sri Lanka)
Heroes and Victims: Exploring Disability and Human Security in Sri Lanka’s Conflict and Its Impact on Social and Economic Opportunities for the Disabled.

2007

Mr. S. Gautham (New Delhi, India)
Women Can’t Swim: Tsunami, Survival and the Gender Dimension

Ms. Meera Khanna and Ms. Sehjo Singh (New Delhi, India)
The Boy and the Soldier: Impact of Armed Conflict in Kashmir

2006

Uddipan Dutta (Tezpur, Assam)
Creating ‘Robin Hoods’: Popular Print Media as Mouthpiece of Insurgent Organizations: Reading through the Discourse of Assamese Newspapers in the Early Period of Insurgency in Assam.

Dilrukshi Fonseka (Nugegoda, Sri Lanka)
Earth and Stone, Debris and Ash: Public Space and Violence in the Sri Lankan Conflict

Malavika Vartak (New Delhi, India)
Memory and Migration: Bhutanese Refugee Women and Oral Histories of Self and Nation

Alpana Kishore (New Delhi, India)
Kashmir: Layers of Nationality, Identity and Ethnicity

2005

Nirekha De Silva (Colombo, Sri Lanka)
Transitional Justice for Ex-women Combatants

Anurupa Roy (New Delhi, India)
Women in Conversation with Puppets: Storytelling and Puppetry as Tools for Conflict Resolution

Jaimala Iyer (New Delhi, India)
Healing Through Dialogues – Theater of the Oppressed and Beyond

2004

Taran Nishat Khan (Aligarh, India)
Telling Tales: Negotiating Religious Identity in Classrooms

Zakia Haque (Dhaka, Bangladesh)
Women and War: A Study on Stranded Bihari Women and Girls in Bangladesh

Oishik Sircar (New Delhi, India)
Engendering Persecution: Safeguarding South Asian Women’s Rights under International Refugee Law

Anjana Shakya (Kathmandu, Nepal)
Women and Children in Armed Conflict with specific focus on the Maoist Conflict in Nepal

2003

Anupama Sekhar (Chennai, India)
Mezzanine: Youth Writing Peace

Bindu Nair (Pune, India)
Women’s Bodies and Communal Violence, Gujarat, 2002: Locating Sexual Violence in Hindutva and Patriarchy

Kamini Karlekar (New Delhi, India)
The Refugee Women of the Afghan and Burmese Community in Delhi

Kanchan Gaba (Kolkata, India)
The Plight of Women Prisoners in Jail Custody

Khelena Gurumayum (Imphal, India)
Manipuri Women’s Role in Crisis Management during “Cease-fire Extension without Territorial Limits”

Shireen Saleem (Karachi, Pakistan)
Impact of Religious Extremism on Women in Pakistan

Suparna Jain (New Delhi, India)
Decentralized Governance in Schedule V Areas and Empowerment of Women: Resolving Conflicts through Law

2002

Anita S. (Trivandrum, India)
Coping and Sustenance Strategies of Women in Conflict over Natural Resources due to Modern Development

Aradhana Gupta (New Delhi, India)
South Asian Women’s Electronic Resources Alliance (SAWERA)

Dolly Kikon (Guwahati, India)
Experiences of Naga Women in Armed Conflict Narratives from a Militarized Society

Mossarat Qadeem (Peshawar, Pakistan)
Afghan Women: The Burden Bearers of the Twenty-Year War

2001

Chitra Balakrishnan (Bangalore, India)
Research to Evolve Gender-Sensitive and Culture-Specific Models of Alternative Dispute Resolution

Smita Bharti (New Delhi, India)
Beyond Silences: Documenting Theatre in Jail and Outside

2000

Geeta Chandran (New Delhi, India)
Her Voice

Paula Banerjee (Kolkata, India)
Across the Experiences: Naga Women in Sri Lanka

Collaborative Research

Attitudes of Teachers in India and Pakistan: Texts and Contexts

During the course of Conflict Transformation workshops WISCOMP received requests from participants for supporting collaborative research projects undertaken by young professionals from India and Pakistan. It was felt that such collaborative projects could enable participants to engage with each other’s worldviews and jointly generate options for the transformation of the conflict between the two countries.

As a response WISCOMP invited applications from the Conflict Transformation Workshop alumni for a collaborative research award. The first in this series of collaborative research was awarded to Michelle Baxter (Program Officer, Action Aid, Chennai) and Zahid Shahab Ahmed (Program Officer, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, Islamabad) for their project titled Attitudes of Teachers in India and Pakistan: Texts and Contexts.

The research sought to explore how teachers in India and Pakistan induce “enemy images” in the minds of students, and how this indoctrination influences processes of peacebuilding and nation-building. It also examined the content of history textbooks and their role in perpetuation of hostility between the two countries. The findings of the research were published by WISCOMP in 2007.

Making Women Count for Peace

In the year 2012-13, WISCOMP established a multi-year partnership with Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) and five other research institutions in India and Nepal to collaboratively work on the project ‘Making Women Count for Peace: Gender, Empowerment and Conflict in South Asia’. With a focus on contemporary Northeast India and post-conflict Nepal, the project addresses the role of women in governance and politics, particularly within the context of peace and security processes.

The goal is to investigate what women’s empowerment might mean in different contexts, i.e. in protracted conflict without third party mediation in Northeast India, and a post-conflict setting with heavy multilateral and international involvement as in Nepal. The investigators approach this question by studying how gendered political power is transformed in conflict, assuming that differences in the forms and expressions of gendered power relations during and after conflict impact on how ‘empowerment’ might be achieved. By contextualizing and tracing manifestations of gendered political power in conflict as well as post-conflict settings, the project seeks to contribute new knowledge on processes of ‘disempowerment’ and ‘empowerment’ in conflict and peacebuilding.

The project will produce both academic and policy-relevant output, including recommendations to policymakers on how women can play a more prominent role in peacebuilding and how such a role may be linked to the goal of women’s empowerment.

Shanti Malika

A context for skill building and capacity building among diverse women from Nepal

At the request of Shanti Malika, a network of nine organizations working for women’s empowerment, peace with justice through dialogic processes and non-violent strategies, WISCOMP facilitated an interactive meeting and workshop of Shanti Malika representatives in New Delhi. The meeting titled Networking for Peace, was organized at India International Centre in December 2005. The workshop provided a context for skill development and capacity building among women from diverse backgrounds in the backdrop of an acknowledgement that the experiences and knowledge of women activists in peace-building had not yet been able to influence the peace agenda in Nepal. Reconciliation, dialogue, and non-violent engagement formed the conceptual building blocks of this interaction.