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Nimmi Gowrinathan is author of the blog and has examined the intersections of gender and violence as an academic, human rights researcher, policy analyst, and writer.

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Her Own Room: Gloria Steinem, M.I.A., and Kimberle Crenshaw

(1) Comments | Posted July 9, 2014 | 4:20 PM

A few concerned and curious women and men gathered in a salon-like setting in the home of pioneering American feminist, Gloria Steinem, to hear the latest collection of stories detailing the violence that women, everywhere, face. Amongst a Nobel laureate, UN officials, activists, and scholars there...

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Our Language, Their Voices: The Transfer of Power

(0) Comments | Posted June 14, 2014 | 6:38 PM

It started on the plane. On the shaky descent into London, his cheery British voice interrupts my movie. "Please do consider supporting our charity, which only supports the most vulnerable, the most needy." (my emphasis not added). Women in the jungles of Sri Lanka often envied those who made it...

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Disaster Politics: The American Reaction to Pakistan's Floods

(5) Comments | Posted August 9, 2010 | 1:43 PM

Last year in the Moldhara village, nestled in the mountains of Pakistan-administered Kashmir, Naseer, a young schoolteacher tells me, "The Americans are clearly good people who want to help, but a lot of mistakes have been made."

Today, a few miles down the mountain, residents in the small town of...

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The Space Between Politics and Reality: A Minority View of the Sri Lankan Elections

(3) Comments | Posted January 24, 2010 | 3:22 PM

On May 19, 2009 the Government of Sri Lanka announced that it had defeated the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), ending one of the longest civil wars in South Asia. The legitimacy of this victory for President Mahinda Rajapaksa could only be measured in the ability of the ethnic...

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"We Don't Want Development, We Want Our Rights!"

(7) Comments | Posted August 27, 2009 | 4:09 PM

The message shouted from an elder woman inside Zone 2's internment camps in Sri Lanka was clear as she angrily harassed a humanitarian worker attempting to install latrines that would signal a longer, more permanent, residence in unlivable internment camps . It's a message that is perhaps best directed at...

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A Tragic Misdiagnosis: The Continued Suffering of Civilians Amongst Victory Celebrations in Sri Lanka

(7) Comments | Posted May 20, 2009 | 10:45 AM

"We are in fear, not just for my life, but for all the civilians and patients and staff." It was just 24 hours later that an injured Dr. Varatharajah, and several other government physicians who had remained to serve patients in the "No Fire Zone" in North Eastern Sri Lanka,...

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This Time We Can't Say "We Didn't Know": The Deadly Cost of International Inaction in Sri Lanka

(23) Comments | Posted April 22, 2009 | 3:05 PM

There is a saying that has become common amongst those in the United Nations Human Rights Council. When a tense stand-off arises someone will say "Lets not play the naming and shaming game -- lets try and work together." Perhaps this "game" played in the most elite policy circles is...

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