International award for Durham University expert
(20 October 2014)
DurhamUniversity academic and social anthropologist Dr Nayanika Mookherjee has won a prestigious international award for her work in the area of gendered violence during wars.
Dr Mookherjee will be presented with the Mahatma Gandhi Pravasi Samman 2014 Award for outstanding services, achievements and contributions, at a ceremony in the House of Lords, London on 9th October.
The event, chaired by Rt. Honourable Baroness Verma, will see 30 honours being awarded by the Non Resident Indians Welfare Society of India.
Nayanika Mookherjee, who works in Durham University’s Department of Anthropology said: “It means a lot for my work on gendered violence during wars to be recognised by the Indian and British authorities. By examining wartime rape during the Bangladesh war of 1971, I have been able to ethnographically, historically and theoretically draw out lessons from it for other conflicts. As an invited expert and delegate to the End Sexual Violence in Conflict Summit held in June 2014 in UK, I was able to engage critically with this phenomenon at the international level and suggest ways of ameliorating the conditions of those raped during conflict.
Professor Helen Ball, Head of Anthropology at DurhamUniversity said: “Our academics conduct work with tremendous impact for society in the UK and abroad. Nayanika’s work is one example where careful anthropological research sheds new light on issues with far-reaching public significance. We are very pleased to receive national and international recognition for this work.”