A fearless exploration of the compelling lives of women in Kashmir.
Kashmir has been a longstanding key issue on the Indian political map. More than a decade of conflict has deeply affected livelihoods, health, work, and access to education. The impact is felt most sharply in the lives of women. Speaking Peace reflects the range of women’s experiences in this conflict. How has the conflict affected them? How have they learnt to live with continuing violence? What strategies have they used to cope, to find a space to share or express what they are going through? What impact has the conflict had on their health and on their access to education? What has it meant for families, for relationships, for children? The contributions in this book explore these issues through interviews with Kashmiri women, extracts from different reports and personal pieces from those who live in the strife. Together they draw attention to a vital aspect of the conflict that has been all but forgotten.