Prof. Neera Desai passes away

neera 1One of the pioneers of Women’s Studies in India, Prof. Neera Desai, passed away on 25th June 2009 in Mumbai. She was 84.

Prof. Neera Desai was the Founder Director of Research Centre for Women’s Studies (1974) at the SNDT Women’s University in Mumbai, India. She was among the first few women academicians in India who raised their voices against the invisibility of women within academic disciplines.

Her works include: ‘Women in Modern India’ (1952) and ‘Feminism in Western India’ (2004). She was a member of Status of Women in India Committee that produced TOWARDS EQUALITY REPORT. in 1974, and was nominated for 1000 Women for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2005.

Working on women’s issues and feminism across the social categories of tribe, caste and class, she was committed to taking higher education to the grassroots.

A Memorial Meeting is scheduled for 29th June 2009 in Mumbai, India.

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