Aliya Bashir


Aliya Bashir is an independent journalist covering India and Indian-administered Kashmir with a focus on human rights, gender justice, women’s issues, the environment, healthcare, education and minorities. She has written and reported for The Guardian, Time, Lancet Psychiatry, The New Humanitarian, Reuters, Global Press Journal, TRT World and many more. She is the winner of the 2015 Schizophrenia Research Foundation-Press Institute of India “Media for Mental Health” award for best reporting on mental health issues in India. A HEFAT trainee, she has won reporting grants from International Women’s Media Foundation and Population Reference Bureau.

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On Kashmir’s border of despair, widows of insurgents resist victimhood

Widows in Kashmir struggle alone with the physical and psychological damages caused by the conflict. ( TRT World and Agencies )​ DARDPORA, Indian-administered Kashmir – Long before sunrise, when the call for prayer echoes across…

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Photo Essay: The Pictures That Give Comfort to Kashmir’s Women

For many of the women whose husbands, sons or fathers have died in clashes over the disputed Kashmir region, photos are all they have left of their loved ones. Photojournalist Aliya Bashir explores the power…

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Thousands of widows in Kashmir are witnessing severe predicaments-economic as well as psychological-as they work under extreme conditions to raise and safeguard their childrenOn wintry afternoons, Shareefa Begum sits in her home and sings an…

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Kashmir’s Militant Widows Struggle to Save Their Sons From Insurgency

When men die fighting for Kashmir’s independence, friends and neighbors hail them as “martyrs.” But then their widows are left broke, alone and attempting to keep their sons from joining the conflict that killed their…

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Navigating the journalistic siege as a woman in Kashmir

(WNN) Nairobi, Kenya, EAST AFRICA – I often wonder when people outside the Kashmir ask me strange questions such as: “Are there really journalists – women who are allowed to work?”; “Don’t you get married…