Women, Peace, and Security in Afghanistan

It’s been 15 years since the UN passed UNSCR 1325. How has Women, Peace, and Security policy changed in Afghanistan and the Congo since then? BY PRIYALI SUR | OCTOBER 21, 2015, 11:47 AM Oct. 31, 2000, was a landmark day in the fight for women’s rights. The United Nations Security Council adopted UNSCR 1325 recognizing the disproportionate impact that… Continue Reading

Spending the night on the Serbia-Hungary border with refugee women

SEPTEMBER 16, 2015 | Priyali Sur | INTERNATIONAL Many of the 3,000 refugees who spent last night on the Serbian side of the Roszke Horgos border are women and children. Hungary shut its border with Serbia on Tuesday, saying that refugees had to apply for asylum from a transit center before entering the country. Hungarian authorities said that criminal proceedings would be launched… Continue Reading

Playtime For Refugee Girls in Greece

These were originally published in Women Under Siege http://www.womenundersiegeproject.org/author/profile/priyali-sur By Priyali Sur/Contributor — August 4, 2016 Samos, Greece—“My friend, my friend!” Two little Syrian girls come running toward me as they see the camera around my neck. These two words are part of their limited English vocabulary, a language they are being taught in school… Continue Reading

The Third Gender

“The Third Gender” explores the lives of the transgender community in India – their hopes and aspirations post the landmark Indian Supreme Court judgment in April 2014 recognising them as the “third gender’. The documentary captures the lives of the members of the transgender community in Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore. These are powerful stories about… Continue Reading

Climate change, poverty, and violence are contributing to a surge of human trafficking in Assam.

The original version of this article appeared on the Wilson Center’s New Security Beat and The Diplomat. http://thediplomat.com/2015/02/climate-change-and-human-trafficking-a-deadly-combination/ -February 25, 2015 The story of Uma Tudu captures the endless cycle of poverty, violence, and suffering faced by too many girls in the northeastern Indian state of Assam.* At 16, following floods that destroyed her village,… Continue Reading