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Issue BriefMar 27, 2023
The future of women in India: Barriers, facilitators and opportunities
By Amita N. Vyas, Misha Iqbal, Capucine Querenet, Harris Samad, Irfan Nooruddin
This issue brief describes cross-cutting themes, a proposed theory of change, and recommendations that emerged from the Atlantic Council and US Department of State expert convening, “Future of Women and Work in South Asia” on how to foster cross-sectoral collaboration and catalyze knowledge sharing to support women’s economic empowerment in South Asia.
Misha Iqbal is program assistant at the Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center. Her interests and work focus primarily on US-Pakistan relations, women’s rights in Pakistan, transformative justice in sexual violence, Pakistani and Indian interests in Kashmir, and settler colonialism in Kashmir.
Previously, Iqbal worked at the Pakistan embassy in Prague where she drafted reports on the political, economic, and social developments in the Czech Republic and researched bilateral cooperation in areas of security, trade, and business.
Iqbal has an MSc in human rights and politics from London School of Economics and Political Science, as well as a BA in international relations from Anglo-American University in Prague. Iqbal grew up between Houston, Taiwan, and China, and she can speak English, Urdu, and Mandarin.