Peace in South Asia beyond ideological barriers
We are a coalition of peace activists and organisations working towards freedom of trade, travel and tourism in the region, people-to-people contact especially between India and Pakistan, and for soft borders or visa on arrival for South Asians in each other’s countries, carrying forward the vision of mentors and leaders like Nirmala Didi Deshpande, Dr Mubashir Hasan, Kuldip Nayar, I.A. Rehman, Nikhil Chakravartty, Asma Jahangir, Rajni Kothari, Eqbal Ahmad and others.
- Event, Jan 30: Resisting Together – Art and the Artist in South AsiaProminent artists across South Asia will meet virtually on January 30 to share perspectives on art and the culture of resistance in South Asia.
- Hindu pilgrims visit Pakistan, Muslim delegation for India late JanuaryAn international delegation of 200 Hindu pilgrims in Pakistan for a four-day religious tourism visit departed this week after performing religious rituals at a recently restored century-old shrine in the country’s north.
- Sapan Declaration on Human Rights and EqualityStatement by the participants at the Sapan session on ‘Human Rights and Equality in South Asia: Growing Up, Growing Together’ held on December 26, 2021
- “Growing up, growing together”: Activists across South Asia resolve to continue working for a better tomorrowCommemorating Human Rights Day, the founding of SAARC, and 50 years of Bangladesh’s independence, this month’s Sapan discussion highlighted the commonality of human rights issues across South Asia.
- Event, Dec 26: Human Rights and Equality in South Asia – Growing Up, Growing TogetherSapan invites you to a Zoom event on the subject of human rights and equality in South Asia to commemorate International Human Rights Day in December.
- Married across an intractable border, Rajput Sodhas suffer due to India-Pakistan visa issuesThis is the story of Ganpat Singh from Pakistan’s Sodha Rajput community, who has matrimonial linkages in neighbouring Rajasthan, India, and who has been denied a visa to be with them.
- Feminise to Humanise: The universe of violence against South Asia’s womenBy Lubna Jerar and Priyanka Singh 2 December 2021: What South Asia needs is a feminisation of politics and polity. This is necessary to counter the “grand celebration of the triumph of masculinity in its most naked and vicious form” as filmmaker Rahul Roy terms the current situation. He was amongContinue reading “Feminise to Humanise: The universe of violence against South Asia’s women”
- Sapan webinar to mark 16 days of activism against gender-based violenceSouth Asia Peace Action Network (SAPAN) is organising a webinar on 28 November 2021, Sunday, at 18:30 PKT/19:00 IST titled, “Gender Violence in South Asia: Feminise to Humanise’ as part of the webinar series, “Imagine! Neighbours in Peace”.
- Event, Nov 28: Gender Violence in South Asia – Feminise to HumaniseSapan invites you to a Zoom event on the subject of gender violence in South Asia, which coincides with the global 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence.
“There is a need for connection among countries in South Asia. We must create economic and healthcare closeness across the region”Dr. Amartya Sen,
Nobel Laureate in Economics
“We will use whatever it takes – singing, poetry, literature, art, love. We will keep taking forward our fight for peace. I don’t think giving up is an option”Beena Sarwar,
Founder and Curator, SAPAN
“Covid is a reminder that South Asian cooperation must go beyond SAARC meetings”Kanak Mani Dixit, Founding Editor, Himal Southasian
“Peace is the way, Peace is too precious to be left to the whims and fancies of leaders and governments, and we the people are reclaiming it”Lalita Ramdas, Founder, Greenpeace India
To fight injustice, ensure rights, bring peace to the excluded and marginalized people of South Asia. Building collective responses and creating our own Sapan is the only option.Khushi Kabir, Coordinator,
One Billion Rising, Bangladesh
“Our future cannot be held hostage to the past. We have to form an alternative trajectory for our combined futures”Raza Rumi,
Founder, Naya Daur Media