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‘Sustaining Power: Women’s struggles against backlash in contemporary South Asia’ (SuPWR)

June, 2020

 
The qualitative research project, ‘Sustaining Power: Women’s struggles against backlash in contemporary South Asia’ (SuPWR), is a five year project starting May 2019, that seeks to understand the strategies and processes of women's movements in South Asia in the face of backlash from regressive social, political and economic forces.
 
The central question for this research is, 'When, how, and why do women’s power struggles succeed in retaining power and sustaining their gains against backlash and counter attacks?'' For this, specific women's movements in the domain of family, community, market, and the state will be identified in India, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Nepal respectively and studied through longitudinal work and gendered political economy analysis to be able to capture normative and institutional change processes that the women's movements undergo. ISST along with IDS, Sussex will be leading the India chapter under this project. The research is funded by the Economic Social Research Council (ESRC), United Kingdom.