South Asia Center presents discussion on Global Girlhood
On Tuesday, September 10th, the South Asia Center is pleased to begin our Fall Speaker Series by welcoming scholar and
writer, Neera Sohoni. Sohoni’s presentation will build off of her publication The Burden of Girlhood- A Global Inquiry
into the Status of Girls, by discussing the constraints girls face in
developing and developed countries, on account of cultural, societal,
governmental, and parental attitudes. After considering how each of these
factors formulate as challenges to young girls, she will review possible
actions that seek to address these constraints.
Sohoni holds a PhD in Economics (Pune University, India) with Master’s
Degrees in Public Administration (Syracuse University) and History (Delhi
University, India). Mrs. Sohoni has over 35 years of cumulative research, technical
editing, writing, and experience as staff or consultant with development agencies
such as UNICEF, United Nations Family Planning Agency, International Council on
Social Welfare’s Asia and Western Pacific Regional Office, and the Government
of India Department of Women and Child Development. As a published author and
freelance writer, her writings mainly address gender and cross-cultural issues.
Her work has appeared in popular publications in both India and the United
States, including Times of India, Indian Express, India Post, San Francisco
Chronicle, Palo Alto Weekly, and most recently India-America Today.
Her talk will take place at 12:30pm in 341 Eggers Hall. All are