These are turbulent times for the many countries that form the Global South. South Asian nation-states are no exception; the last half century has ushered in liberalization of economies, forced structural adjustments, climate chaos, criminalization of indigenous and lower caste populations, and rapid technological changes. All these forces have resulted in massive upheavals often manifested in political, economic, and social crises. Experts observe that in times of instability, the most marginalized groups, already the target of social violence, are disproportionately subjected to enormous stress, anxiety, and insecurity. In South Asia, women, as one such group that faces multiple intersectional oppressions depending on class, caste, religious locations, etc. have been active participants on the frontlines of struggles for social justice and equity. In the new era of hardened nationalism and militarism, they have also been the targets of violence and brutality.
Paul, Nilanjana; Goswami, Namita; Nandigama, Sailaja; Parameswaran, Gowri; and Afzal-Khan, Fawzia
"Introduction: South Asian Feminisms and Youth Activism: Focus on India and Pakistan,"
Journal of International Women's Studies: Vol. 24:
2, Article 1.
Available at: https://vc.bridgew.edu/jiws/vol24/iss2/1