This book explores the role that religion, culture and society play in the social and political positioning of women. The collection of essays in the book aims to capture the variety of policies, discourses, debates and interventions that have influenced the lives of women in South Asia and to identify those that have led to greater empowerment of women. The contributors assess the current situation and provide a rallying call for progressive politics that is committed to universal values. The essays also review as well as show us the new directions that are opening up new pathways for women to traverse. The three South Asian nations represented here share a common history of colonisation and nation-making and have had similar cultural struggles. The literature thus emerging from these presentations, will hopefully open up newer and more innovative ways of looking at women in the region, and help formulate strategies and policies for the future.