South Asia Union Summit Led by Women (October 2-3, 2021)

This October, brilliant minds will come together to discuss solutions for peace, gender equality, social justice, and a unified South Asia.

eShe magazine’s South Asia Union Summit Led by Women is designed to promote women’s leadership and create a space for cross-border dialogue while harnessing feminine intelligence for a collaborative future. The event is supported by WISCOMP – Women in Security, Conflict Management and Peace, an initiative of the Foundation for Universal Responsibility.

Timed this time to coincide with the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and the UN’s International Day of Non-Violence, the virtual Summit includes talks, interviews, workshops and panel discussions by women of purpose from around South Asia and the world. Speakers include academics, writers, activists, educationists, artists, influencers, thought leaders, historians, authors, and more.

This Summit could not have happened without the guidance and blessings of:

The Summit takes forward from eShe’s Indo-Pak Peace Summit Led by Women in January 2021. It was initially planned for May 2021 but had to be rescheduled due to the second Covid wave in India.

Aekta Kapoor, founder and editor of eShe, says, “Conflict, war and militarization come at an unimaginable cost – to life, resources, freedom, social justice and the basic principles of humanity. It is women who suffer the consequences of war, violence and extremism the most, and it is time women stepped up to build peace in South Asia using the power of feminine wisdom, the spirit of solidarity, and a vision tinted with empathy.”

Dates: 2nd and 3rd October, 2021

Time: 3 to 9 pm India | 9.30 am to 3.30 pm GMT – both days

Platform: Livestream on eShe’s FacebookYouTubeLinkedIn and Twitter – comments and participation welcome.

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In alphabetical order:

  • Ambika Satkunanathan, human-rights lawyer and advocate (Sri Lanka)
  • Archana Chaudhary, journalist, Bloomberg (India)
  • Beena Sarwar, journalist-filmmaker, peacebuilder, founder-curator of South Asia Peace Action Network (Pakistan-US)
  • Darshita Gillies, impact investor, philanthropist and tech entrepreneur (UK)
  • Deepti Chawla, producer-director, head of distribution, syndication and marketing, NFDC (India)
  • Dr Meenakshi Gopinath, educationist, peacebuilder, Padma Shri awardee and director of WISCOMP (India)
  • Dr Radha Kumar, academic and author, Chair of United Nations University Council (India)
  • Dr Sonora Jha, journalism professor and author of How to Raise a Feminist Son (US)
  • Faiza Yousuf, technologist and founder of WomeninTechPK and CodeGirls (Pakistan)
  • Fawzia Naqvi, former vice president, Soros Economic Development Fund (Pakistan-US)
  • Juhi Javed Husain, civil servant, lawyer and senior policy advisor specialising in digital privacy (UK)
  • Karen Downes, cofounder, FemmeQ and changemaker (Costa Rica)
  • Khushi Kabir, social activist and environmentalist (Bangladesh)
  • Leslee Udwin, award-winning filmmaker, educationist and founder of Think Equal (UK)
  • Mandy Sanghera, award-winning philanthropist and human-rights activist (UK)
  • Mariam Safi, founding executive director of Organization for Policy Research & Development Studies (Afghanistan)
  • Mehr Tarar, columnist and writer (Pakistan)
  • Monica Malhotra Kandhari, managing director, MBD Group (India)
  • Najiba Laima Kasraee, journalist and media personality (Afghanistan / UK)
  • Natasha Badhwar, filmmaker, columnist, author, media team lead at Karwan e Mohabbat (India)
  • Paba Deshapriya, lawyer-activist and director of The Grassrooted Trust (Sri Lanka)
  • Peggy Mohan, linguistic expert, author and educator (India-US)
  • Pinky Pradhan, director communications and strategic partnership, Plan India (India)
  • Priyanka Singh, researcher and founding member of South Asia Peace Action Network (India)
  • Rita Manchanda, scholar, author and peacebuilder (India)
  • Sabin Muzaffar, feminist publisher and editor of Ananke magazine (Pakistan-UAE)
  • Sadaffe Abid, founder of CIRCLE, a tech organisation working on digital literacy for women (Pakistan)
  • Salima Hashmi, award-winning artist, author and peace activist (Pakistan)
  • Sarita Bartaula, researcher and founding member of South Asia Peace Action Network (Nepal-US)
  • Sarita Kumari, philanthropist, environmental evangelist, peace activist, director of Ghenarao Hotels (India)
  • Shahneila Saeed, director, Digital Schoolhouse, Head of Education, Ukie (UK)
  • Suparnaa Chadda, founder, SABERA Awards (India)
  • Tara Krishnaswamy, director, software development, ORACLE, and founder of Shakti initiative to empower women in politics (India)

For the full agenda and schedule, please visit the event page on eShe.

Follow us on @esheworld to watch the sessions live and participate.

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