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date: 17 October 2019

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This chapter focuses on the gender dimensions of the wars in four South Asian countries: Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, and Sri Lanka. Beginning with a critique of normative notions regarding “terror,” it highlights the intersection between an overarching US-led “war on terror” in the South Asian region and domestic “wars of terror” waged by postcolonial states within national borders. The impact of these wars on women’s lives in each national context is emphasized, as is the critical overlap among the gendered global, regional, and local military processes in the region. Women’s security and justice concerns are highlighted, and women’s resistance against war, state repression, and impunity are explored. The chapter suggests greater engagement and mobilization by women and feminists within the region and beyond, to ensure a just and enduring resolution to South Asia’s multiple, albeit interlinked, conflicts.

Keywords: Afghanistan, gender, impunity, India, Pakistan, postcolonial states, South Asia, Sri Lanka, security, “terror, ” “war on terror”

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