Celebrate South Asian Women’s Day , 30th November with us!


To the promise of justice, democracy and harmony,
To the wholeness of justice,
To the power of peace,
Let us walk together...

The region of South Asia is bound by a common thread of history, language, arts and culture. Its concerns are similar too—rising levels of poverty, widening income gaps, greater emphasis on weapons and military, increasing intolerance towards minorities, civil unrest, human rights’ violations, and most of all, increasing violence against women. In fact, South Asia is one of the most violent regions for women, as proven by its shockingly low sex-ratios! Besides, democracy covers little ground in the region, while globalisation and privatisation have gained control. Countries that pride themselves as democracies, largely ignore people’s issues, at the same time market forces have turned people into consumers. Shared boundaries between countries are points of conflict. The result is that our regional identity – as South Asians – has been wiped off our consciousness and we only live as nationals—Indians, Pakistanis, Nepalese, Bangladeshis, Sri Lankans and so on. 

To forge in women across South Asia a common identity as South Asians and as women facing similar patriarchy-related concerns, to pledge for peace, justice, human rights and democracy and to celebrate our respective achievements, women from different South Asian countries decided in 2002 to celebrate 30th November as South Asian Women’s Day. 

This day, has, since then been celebrated by several women's groups and like-minded organisations across South Asia.



Join us alongwith several others on Monday, 30th November for an afternoon of student and activist voices, music, dance and theatre from South Asia.

South Asian Women’s Day
 for Peace, Justice, Human Rights & Democracy
STRENGTHEN THE BONDSOF FRIENDSHIP AND PEACE WITH PEOPLE FROM SOUTH ASIA JOIN US FOR SOME THOUGHTFUL WORDS, SOULFUL MUSIC & DANCE
on 30th November,  2.30 pm onwards, 

at SHANKAR LALL HALL, NORTH CAMPUS
DELHI UNIVERSITY

Programme: 2.30 to 5.30 pm
South Asian Women’s Day Welcome address: Prof. Vibha Chaturvedi, Director, Women’s Studies Development Centre
Dance-cum-music performance by Tibetan women
Talk by Rinzim Wangmo (President, Tibetan Women’s Assc., Delhi chapter)
Talk by Pamella Philipose
Song by WLB (Women’s League of Burma)
Talk by Thin Thin Aung, Presidium Board member, WLB
Film on Burmese Women
Talk by Kamal Mitra Chenoy, Professor, JNU
Play by students from Jamia Millia Islamia
Songs by LSR Indian Music Society
Student voices from South Asia
Pramod Jaiswal (Ex-President, Foreign Students Association, JNU) 4 mts.  
Ritika Sonam and Ruchika Parmar (students, Miranda House, D.U.)
Film on North East
Dance by Bangladeshi students from Daulat Ram College {Sabrine Sarwar; B.A. Hons. (Eng.) 3rd year and Porna Roy; B.A. Hons. (Eng.) 2nd year}

Music (a traditional instrument) by Veera Phansua, a Thai student (D.U.) with Anil Goswami on the Pakhawaj (5 mts.)
Songs by Women Activists
Songs by Harikesh (cultural activist)
Vote of thanks and candle lighting


IN SOLIDARITY

Action India Akshara Act Now for Harmony And Democracy Ankur Asmita  Bharti College Burma Centre Delhi CADAM CEQUIN CFAR Control Arms Foundation of India Centre for World Solidarity Delhi Forum Delhi Solidarity Group Delhi University (Womens Studies Development Centre and Miranda House) EKTA Human Rights Law Network Intercultural Resources Indo Global Social Service Society Initiatives: Women in Development Jagori Jagori Grameen Jamia Millia Islamia (Sarojini Naidu Centre for Womens Studies and Department of Sociology) JNU (Foreign Students Association) Kartini Kriti team Manas Muslim Womens Forum NACDOR North-East Network, Nagaland OneWorld South Asia Peace Women Across the Globe Praxis South Asians for Human Rights Sangat Sanlaap STEP (Standing Together for Enabling Peace) Swayam Tibetan Womens Association Womens League of Burma Vikasini Womens Feature Service

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