Ather Zia began her journey as a journalist but quit the profession owing to the “limitations of journalism” in Kashmir and went on to pursue a post-doctorate in anthropology from the University of California Irvine in the United States. A former civil servant in Kashmir, Zia now teaches anthropology and gender studies at the University of Northern Colorado in the US. She documents the conflict and struggle of women in Kashmir through academic writings but also poetry. 
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