Shamita Das Dasgupta
Shamita Das Dasgupta is a cofounder of Manavi (New Jersey), the first organization in the U.S. to focus on violence against women in the South Asian community.
has been engaged in advocacy to end violence against women for over thirty years.
Shamita has taught at Rutgers University and has worked as an adjunct professor at NYU Law School.
In addition to several articles and reports, she
is the author of five books, The Demon Slayers and Other Stories: Bengali Folktales (1995, Interlink Books
, USA); A Patchwork Shawl: Chronicles of South Asian Women in America (1998, Rutgers University
Press, USA); Body Evidence: Intimate Violence Against South Asian Women in America (2007, Rutgers University Press
, USA); Mothers for Sale: Women in Kolkata's Sex Trade (2009, DasGupta-Alliance, India); and Globalization and Gestational Surrogacy in India: Outsourcing Life (2014, Lexington Books).
Shamita has served on several national boards including appointed by New Jersey's Governor to the NJ Domestic Violence Fatality and Near Fatality Review Board.
In addition to various awards, her
work has received wide recognition in national and international media.
As guest co-editors, Lisa and Shamita Das Dasgupta
won the 2012 Violence Against Women Best Article Award for their special issue on women's use of force titled, "Contemporary Perspectives on Battered Women's Use of Non-Fatal Force in Intimate Heterosexual Relationships.