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March 2013

March 2013

Women's Rights in India

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A spate of sexual assault cases in India have sparked a national debate over women's rights and the need for social reform in the rapidly modernizing country. Reference this CFR Backgrounder to better understand the nation's relevant legislation, gender equality status, and the potential for reform.


Spotlight on Jennifer Bryson

Jennifer Bryson is passionate about understanding Islam and finding opportunities to partner with Muslim advocates on issues such as religious freedom. Her work as a journalist and for the Department of Defense has taken her across the world. This year, Dr. Bryson is a visiting research professor at the Army War College's Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute, where she teaches courses on religion and violence, and Islam and modernity. When she is not teaching, she serves as the director of the Islam and Civil Society Project at the Witherspoon Institute.



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