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Zia, Ather

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Engaged Anthropology Grant
Insitutional Affiliation
Northern Colorado, U. of
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Zia Dr. Anther, U. of Northern Colorado, Greeley, Colorado - To aid engaged actvities on 'Exploring Strategies for a Stronger Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons in Kashmir,' 2016, India

DR. ANTHER ZIA, University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, Colorado, received a grant in March 2016 to aid engaged activities on 'Exploring Strategies for a Stronger Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons in Kashmir.' This project builds on the findings of previous research on how the women-led Association of Parents of the Disappeared Persons (APDP/JKCCS) in the Indian-administered Kashmir could overcome challenges pertaining to legal procedures, fundraising, and securing the property rights of half-widows (these are the wives of men who have been disappeared in custody of the Indian army). In Kashmir, more than 8000 men have been forcibly disappeared in custody by the Indian army since the armed movement broke out in 1989. In the counter-insurgency laws measures implemented by India, human rights groups claim in addition to enforced disappearances and other Human Rights abuses more than 70,000 people have been killed. Through this project a series of workshops was conducted to plan, strategize, and formalize how the APDP can be made more a legally and financially robust organization and create support for its members. These workshops were successful in providing a forum to generate a much needed dialogue within the host community and resource persons. This project enabled creating and formalizing strategies for legal cases, raising funds, acquiring property rights for the half-widows, and supporting the organization in its most crucial undertakings.