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13 nations to debate Women rights, gender equality in South Asia


Impact of spiritual extremism on women’s rights, gender equality and social justice in South Asia and urgent need for digital literacy for women within the region: these are among the key problems with the days that eminent women from around South Asia and therefore the diaspora will discuss during the ‘South Asia Union Summit Led by Women’ to be virtually persisted October 2-3.

As many as 45 women, from historians, economists, academicians, authors to activists, artists, thought leaders, entrepreneurs, lawyers, educationists, and media personalities from 13 countries are going to be a part of the peace summit, being organized by eShe magazine, aiming at finding solutions for peace, social justice, and gender equality.

The summit is timed to coincide with the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and UN’s International Day of Non-violence when a talk is going to be delivered by three-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee Dr. Scilla Elworthy is also one among the advisers for the peace initiative.

Leslee Udwin, the award-winning British filmmaker of the documentary, India’s daughter, supported the 2012 Nirbhaya case; Fawzia Naqvi, Pakistani policy adviser and former vice-president, Soros Economic Development Fund; and academic Dr. Radha Kumar, conflict-resolution consultant to the Indian government, also will share their views.

Representation of girls in media and popular culture also will be haunted during a discussion. there’ll be 12 panels discussions like ‘Voice and Vulnerability: Women Activists in Times of Conflict’ and ‘The Burden of
Tradition: Gender Equality and Social Justice in South Asia’.

“Conflict, war, and militarisation come at an unimaginable cost – to life, resources, freedom, social justice, and therefore the basic principles of humanity. it’s women that suffer the results of war, violence, and extremism the foremost, and it’s time they stepped up to create peace in South Asia using the ability of feminine wisdom, the spirit of solidarity and a vision tinted sympathetically,” says Aekta Kapoor, founder of eShe and South Asia Union.

The union aims to bring together peacebuilders, particularly women, from the region to figure towards a political and economic South Asian Union, on the lines of the ECU Union, by 2030.

She adds the South Asia summit is going to be an annual event to facilitate people-to-people contact across borders, create a secure space for dialogue and enable courageous conversations on social and political change.

The initiative is supported by Women in Security, Conflict Management and Peace, an initiative of the inspiration for Universal Responsibility, which advocates a humane, democratic, and gender-sensitive discourse on peace and
security. Collaborators include journalist-filmmaker Beena Sarwar who founded South Asia Peace Action Network earlier this year.

eShe had earlier organized ‘Indo-Pak Peace Summit Led by Women’ in January 2021.

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