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Flavia Agnes


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Flavia Agnes is a women’s rights lawyer and pioneer of the women’s movement in India focused on issues of gender and law reforms. As co-founder of MAJLIS, a legal and cultural resource center, her primary engagement has been to provide quality legal services to women and children. She has played an important role in bringing women's rights to the forefront within the legal system and in contextualizing issues of gender and identity. A prolific writer, she has provided incisive analysis of domestic violence, minority law reforms, secularism, and human rights. Significant among her many publications is her autobiographical book My Story Our Story ... Of Rebuilding Broken Lives, translated into several languages and in its fourth edition. Other publications include Law & Gender Inequality: The Politics of Personal Laws in India (2001) and Women and Law in India: An Omnibus Comprising Law and Gender Inequality, Enslaved Daughters, Hindu Women and Marriage Law (2004, with Sudhir Chandra and Monmayee Basu).
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