Shamita Das Dasgupta
Shamita Das Dasgupta is a cofounder of Manavi, Inc., an organization in the United States that focuses on violence against women in the South Asian community. She is a Clinical Adjunct Assistant Professor of Law with the NYU Law School and has published several articles in the areas of her specialization: ethnicity, gender, immigration, and violence against women. Shamita is the author of The Demon Slayers and Other Stories: Bengali Folktales (1995, Interlink Books), A Patchwork Shawl: Chronicles of South Asian Women in America (1998, Rutgers University Press), and An Investigation of the Inter-relationship Between Women's Empowerment and Trafficking in Women and Children (Trans. & Ed.; Jadavpur University, India, in press). Currently, she is working on two books; one on women’s rituals in Bengal and the other on domestic violence in the South Asian American context.
Manavi was founded in 1985 by six South Asian women. It is a non-profit organization for women who trace their cultural heritage to Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. Manavi's goal is to increase awareness of women's rights in society and encourage social change to end all violence against them. Its approach is nonjudgmental, nonreligious, and nonsectarian. Manavi is committed to the empowerment of South Asian women and thereby, dedicates its major efforts to facilitating women's quest for self-reliance and autonomy everywhere.