Meenakshi Gopinath

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Dr. Meenakshi Gopinath "is Principal of Lady Shri Ram College, New Delhi, where she also teaches at the Department of Politics. She is Founder and Honorary Director of WISCOMP (Women in Security, Conflict Management and Peace), an initiative that seeks to promote the leadership of South Asian women in the areas of peace, security and regional cooperation, and is Co-Chair of the Academic Advisory Committee at the University of Peace, Costa Rica. She is a member of various multi-track peace initiatives in Kashmir and between India and Pakistan, including the Neemrana Peace Initiative, Dostaana e’ Kashmir and the Pakistan India Peoples’ Forum for Peace and Democracy.

"She has authored the book Pakistan In Transition and has contributed chapters and articles to several books and journals on Gandhi, the politics of Pakistan et al. In recognition of her contribution to the field of women’s education and empowerment, she has received several awards including the Indira Priyadarshini Gandhi Award, the Shiromani Mahila Award, the Rajiv Gandhi Award for Excellence in Education and the Delhi Citizen Forum Award. Dr. Gopinath is a member of the International Research Committee at the Regional Centre for Strategic Studies, Sri Lanka and serves on the Governing Boards of several other Research organizations, think tanks, CSOs and educational institutions. She is the first woman member on India’s National Security Advisory Board and currently serves on it. She has been a Fulbright scholar and has received several fellowships including the Australian International Education Foundation Fellowship for 1996-97 and the University Grants Commission Indo-Israel Exchange Program 1994-96. Her interests include issues of gender, conflict transformation and Buddhist and Gandhian philosophy." [1]

External links

  • "Biography", Coexistence International, Accessed December 2006.