ECSAS 2023 – Turin 26-29 July

Challenging Stereotypes, Navigating Identity And Negotiating Belongingness: Experiences Of Muslim Women At The Shaheen Bagh Protests


Khan Samra - Delhi University, Psychology, New Delhi, India


03 – Changing Forms of Gendered Participation in Politico-ideological Movements in South Asia: Histories, Networks, (In)Visibilities


 One of the strongest protest movements in recent years has been the anti-CAA protests that took over India and would have continued for much longer if not unceremoniously interrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic.The movement saw thousands of Indian citizens across sections uniting and asserting their dissent against policy change of citizenship.Shaheen Bagh emerged as the main seat of the protests which witnessed the rise of women leadership.This was probably the only time that a movement that was not focused on women’s issues was led and managed by women.Uniquely, this protest united women from across generations who came together in a true intersection of gender, age, class and community.Muslim women dominated and occupied the space which is an unprecedented event in the post-independent Indian History.The aim of the study is to understand the motivations of these women, exploring how they identified with the movement, their experiences and how that affected various parts of their identity, including battling stereotypes and prejudices. An important objective of this study is to explore the differences as well as similarities in the experiences of women across all age groups and why they lent their voices to this issue.6 women from 3 different generations (Gen X, Y and Z) who participated in the anti-CAA protests at Shaheen Bagh will be interviewed using a semi-structured interview schedule.The data will be thematically analyzed using Braun and Clarke’s method of RTA.