Women Of The World Stand With Kashmir

Statement issued on 27 September 2019.

On 30 August 2019,the United Nations’ International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances, Parveena Ahangar, mother of Javaid, a 16 year old who was ‘disappeared’by paramilitary forces in Kashmir in 1990 mourned again.

Every year, the families of APDP (Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons) come together on 30 August. This is our way of reassuring each other that we are not alone in our grief. Yet this year we have been strangled, and there was no coming together because through its siege, India has denied us even the right to mourn.

Kashmir under siege. Kashmir caged. Kashmir imprisoned. Analogies abound for of the Indian Government‘s actions of August 5, 2019 when it unilaterally terminated the semi-autonomous Constitutional status granted to the region as a condition of its accession to India, and bifurcated it into two directly ruled Union Territories. This action was preceded in the previous week by a military blockade, a state of undeclared emergency, and an unprecedented media and communications clampdown. An estimated 4,000 Kashmiris have been arbitrarily detained including politicians, business leaders, lawyers, human rights defenders, chartered accountants, journalists, teachers, and students. Some are being held without charges or trial, under administrative detention laws such as the Public Safety Act, 1978 while the grounds of detention and whereabouts of a large number, including children as young as ten, remain unknown. An unknown number of people have been moved to prisons outside the state of Jammu & Kashmir.The Indian government continues to declare that all is ‘normal’ in the face of credible and mounting evidence of a healthcare and humanitarian crisis, civilian deaths and blindings and other injuries in pellet gun attacks by Indian security forces, torture, molestations, and the severe curtailment of freedom of opinion, expression, and information; assembly and movement; and religious freedoms.

As the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi addresses the UN General Assembly on 27 September and reasserts this claim of ‘normalcy’, we, the women of the world urge the global community to remember that 8 million Kashmiris will still be held hostage by close to 1 million Indian security personnel. Still stripped of their constitutional rights, fundamental freedoms and liberties. The promise of plebiscite given to them at the time of their accession to India, broken. Their right to self-determination, throttled. Their control over their lands, shattered.

Like colonised peoples anywhere, the future of the Kashmiri people is deeply uncertain. Their imprisonment is strengthened by the silence of world leaders, international civil society, the near complete gag on the media, as well as Indians who have celebrated the constitutionalised annexation of Kashmir, and believed the narrative that this is being done for their own good. One  particularly pernicious strand of this discourse  has been that the move will benefit women, dalits and sexual minorities by granting them constitutional rights so far denied to them. Not only does this bolster the colonial tropes of a backward Muslim majority region whose women are in need of rescue by the civilisationally ‘superior’ people of India, it is based on outright falsehoods, misinformation, misrepresentations and false equivalences, that are being deliberately amplified, including by high state functionaries, despite being repeatedly debunked by experts and lawyers. The government’s concern for the women of Kashmir might have rung truer if members of the ruling party were not witnessed publicly gloating over their new found sexual access to Kashmiri women, now that Indian men can finally get “Kashmiri brides” as though Kashmiri women are spoils of war.

The Indian government claims Kashmir needs ‘development’, but its social development indices, including gender indicators such as maternal mortality, age of marriage, child sex ratio and female literacy are better than the Indian average. Land reforms enabled by Article 35A have reduced  social and caste inequities and landlessness, and brought relative prosperity. While acknowledging that militarisation and militarised sexual impunity exacerbates both public and private patriarchy, we need to listen to Kashmiri women, when they say, as they did to a recent Fact Finding delegation from India: “We are capable of fighting our own battles. We don’t want our oppressors to claim to liberate us!”.

The women should know. As successive governments in Delhi have systematically violated all democratic norms  in Kashmir, it is the women of Kashmir who have been at the forefront of the struggles for justice, truth and accountability for widespread human rights violations particularly  sexual violence and enforced disappearances. They have stepped out in protest, been jailed, sexually assaulted, and still risen to make sure they are heard.

As feminists, women’s rights activists, peace, democratic and child rights’ activists, lawyers, academics, students, journalists, scientists, artists, writers and so on, we raise our voice today in salute and solidarity with the women of Kashmir. Over 425 women from about 30 countries across the globe – ranging from South Asian nations to the U.S, Iran to Indonesia, Afghanistan to Argentina, Israel and Palestine to Europe, Uganda, and South Africa – stand with them in this, their darkest moment.

  • We condemn the actions of the Indian government and their dealing with a political problem as a territorial one.
  • We call for an end to the culture of fear and terror, violence and assault that has been cultivated in the state for far too long.
  • We speak out against the continued detention of countless people of the state and demand their immediate release.
  • We seek an immediate ​end to the Internet shutdown, lift on all restrictions on movement and communications, and a restoration of real ‘normalcy’.
  • We call for restrictions be lifted in order to allow the independent media in Kashmir to carry out its duty of reporting facts and informing the public, without fear or favour
  • We urge the Indian government to step back from its current aggressions and stop the militarisation that has failed to solve the problem since independence.
  • We seek a reinstatement of consultative processes with the people of Jammu and Kashmir on any action that concerns them, their lives and their community.
  • We call for an end to the smokescreens of Kashmir being an ‘internal matter’ etc., to avoid meaningful dialogue. For that is the only way to evolve a long lasting peaceful solution to Kashmir.

Because like the women of Kashmir, we have also, all too often, been told that the violence and control we face in the home, family, community and nation is an ‘internal matter’, not to be exposed to the world. But we all have lived and learnt the reality, that it is only in breaking our silence that we break the shackles of our oppressions.

And in that fight, we stand with the women of Kashmir.

#StandWithKashmir, #StandWithTheWomenOfKashmir!

For as Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King famously said “No one is free until we are all free.”

Statement issued and endorsed by:

From India International Groups
1.           Roshmi Goswami, Human Rights Activist, Shillong.

2.           Vasanth Kannabiran, Asmita Resource Centre, Hyderabad.

3.           Uma Chakravarti, Feminist historian & Filmmaker, New Delhi.

4.           Sarojini NB, Health activist, New Delhi

5.           Annie Raja, NFIW.

6.           Meena Kandasamy, novelist, poet and activist

7.           Ritu Menon – Writer, Feminist publisher, New Delhi.

8.           Srilatha Batliwala, Independent gender/women’s rights consultant.

9.           Farah Naqvi, Writer and Activist

10.        Shrimoyee Nandini Ghosh, Lawyer and legal researcher, Delhi.

11.        Laxmi Murthy, Journalist, Bengaluru.

12.        Monalisa Tiamerenla Changkija, Poet and Editor, Nagaland Page, Nagaland

13.        Arundhati Dhuru, National Alliance of People’s Movements.

14.        Flavia Agnes, Mumbai.

15.        Rosemary Dzuvichu, Ph.D – Advisor, Naga Mother’s Association, Kohima

16.        A. Mangai, Theatre person/academic/activist Chennai.

17.        A.R Vasavi, Farmer’s Rights Activist, Delhi.

18.        Abha Dev Habib, Miranda House, University of Delhi.

19.        Ajitha G.S, publisher and editor, Bangalore.

20.        Albertina Almeida, Goa.

21.        Aleyamma Vijayan, Trivandrum Kerala

22.        Amarinder Kaur, Visthar.

23.        Ammu Joseph, Journalist, Bangalore.

24.        Amrita Gogoi – Researcher, Women & Conflict, Dibrugarh.

25.        Anchita Ghatak, Kolkata.

26.        Angela Rangad, Social activist, TUR, Shillong.

27.        Anita Ghai, New Delhi.

28.        Annie Thomas, Journalist, Delhi.

29.        Anu Aaron, South India AIDS Action Programme, Chennai.

30.        Anuradha Banerji, Independent Researcher, New Delhi.

31.        Anuradha Chatterji, Women’s Rights Activist, New Delhi.

32.        Anuradha Kapoor, Social Activist, Kolkata.

33.        Anurag Modi, Shramik Adivasi Sangathan.

34.        Anurita P Hazarika, woman activist, Guwahati.

35.        Arshia Sattar, Academic, Bangalore

36.        Arshie Qureshi, New Delhi, India.

37.        Aruna Burte,

38.        Atreyi Dasgupta, Sanhati.

39.        Bharati, Feminist Activist, Jaipur.

40.        Bharati Jagannathan, Delhi University.

41.        Bhavna Jaimini, Architect, Mumbai

42.        Bijoya Sawian – writer, educationist, Dehradun

43.        Bindhulakshmi Pattadath, Associate Professor, TISS Mumbai.

44.        Bondita Acharya, Jorhat, Assam

45.        Brinelle D’Souza, TISS, Mumbai.

46.        Chhaya Datar, Mumbai

47.        D. W. Karuna, visiting faculty, Azim Premji University

48.        Deepa V, Health Activist, Delhi

49.        Deeptha Achar.

50.        Dimple Oberoi Vahali, Delhi.

51.        Dr Manasee (Nadi) Palshikar, author, Pune.

52.        Dr Sagari R Ramdas, Secunderabad

53.        Farida Khan, Retd Professor, Jamia Millia Islamia University, Delhi

54.        Freny Manecksha, Independent Journalist, Mumbai.

55.        G. Arunima, Professor, Centre for Women’s Studies, JNU

56.        Gargi Sen, Film-maker, Delhi

57.        Gaura Narayan

58.        Gayatri Menon, Bangalore.

59.        Geeta Seshu, Journalist, Mumbai.

60.        Ghazala Jamil, JNU.

61.        Gitanjali Mahadevan, Retired Doctor, Bengaluru

62.        Govind Kelkar, Independent Gender consultant.

63.        Hamsila Samuel Rajan, Bengaluru.

64.        Huma Khan, Lucknow.

65.        Imrana Qadeer – Distinguished Prof. Council for Social Development, New Delhi

66.        Indira Chakravarthi, Public Health Researcher, Delhi.

67.        Indira N, Consultant R & D, Hyderabad.

68.        Isha

69.        Jabeen Merchant, Film Editor, Mumbai.

70.        Jahanvi Pai.

71.        Jalashaya, film maker, Mumbai

72.        Jaya Sharma, Activist and Writer, New Delhi.

73.        Jhelum Roy, Jadavpur University.

74.        Jhuma Sen, Jindal Global Law School, New Delhi

75.        Jyoti Punwani, journalist, Mumbai.

76.        Jyotsna Murthy

77.        Kalpana Kannabiran – Council for Social Development, Hyderabad.

78.        Kalyani Menon-Sen, Feminist Learning Partnerships, New Delhi.

79.        Kaushiki Rao, Counsellor, Bangalore

80.        Kavin Malar, Writer/Activist, Chennai.

81.        Kavita Srivastav, PUCL, Jaipur.

82.        Khairunnisa Nakathorige, Department of English, MANUU, Hyderabad.

83.        Kirtana Kumar

84.        Kochurani Abraham, Feminist Theologian, Indian Christian Women’s        Movement (ICWM), Kerala

85.        Krishna Roy, Women’s Rights Activist, AIPWA, Kolkata.

86.        Lalita Ramdas, Feminist-Activist-Educator, PIPPFD, CNDP.

87.        Lata Singh, New Delhi.

88.        Laxmi Murthy, Journalist, Bengaluru.

89.        Lubaina Suares, Teacher, Mumbai

90.        Madhu Bhushan, writer/activist/researcher, Bangalore.

91.        Madhu Sarin, Psychoanalyst, Delhi

92.        Madhura Chakraborty

93.        Malini Ghose, Educationist and researcher, New Delhi

94.        Mallika Virdi, Maati, Uttarakhand.

95.        Mamatha Karollil, Assistant Professor, New Delhi.

96.        Manasi Asher, Researcher and Activist, Himachal Pradesh.

97.        Manorama Sharma – Retd. Prof. North Eastern Hill University, Shillong, and Academic Advisor, Assam School of Journalism, Guwahati.

98.        Manasi, Educator-Learner, Pathashaala, Tamil Nadu

99.        Mary E John, New Delhi.

100.     Masooma Ranalvi, Delhi.

101.     Meenakshi Kapoor, Researcher, Dharmshala.

102.     Miriam Chandy Menacherry, Filmmaker

103.     Monisha Behal, New Delhi.

104.     Mubashira Zaidi, ISST, New Delhi.

105.     Nalini Nayak, Trivandrum

106.     Nandini Mazumder, Devleopment professional, Delhi

107.     Nandini Rao, Women’s Rights Trainer, New Delhi.

108.     Nandini Sundar, University of Delhi.

109.     Nasir Tyabji, Former Director and Professor, Jamia Milia Islamia, New Delhi.

110.     Navsharan Singh, Activist and Researcher, New Delhi.

111.     Neha Gupta, Journalist, Delhi

112.     Niloufer Bhagwat, Lawyer, Mumbai.

113.     Nimi Ravindran, Writer/Theatre Director, Bangalore.

114.     Nisha Abdulla, Theatre maker, and Artistic Director, Qabila, Bangalore

115.     Nisha Biswas, Kolkata.

116.     Nitasha Kaul

117.     Nivedita Menon, JNU, New Delhi.

118.     Nonibala Narengbam, Manipur.

119.     Padma Velaskar, Retd professor, Mumbai.

120.     Padmaja Shaw, Hyderabad.

121.     Pallavi MD, Singer/Actor, Bangalore.

122.     Payal Dhar, Author, New Delhi.

123.     Ponni Arasu, Historian and Women’s Rights Activist.

124.     Ponnuthai Sappani, President  Kalanjium women Farmers Association, India.

125.     Praveena Kodoth, Trivandrum.

126.     Priti Kodikal, Doctor, Bengaluru

127.     Radha Gopalan, Educator and Researcher on Social and Ecological Justice, Visiting Faculty, Azim Premji University, Thiruvananthapuram

128.     Radhika Chitkara, Legal Researcher, New Delhi.

129.     Radhika Khajuria.

130.     Rajashri Dasgupta, Independent Journalist, Kolkata

131.     Rashee Mehra, Senior Associate – IIHS, Delhi.

132.     Rashmi Sawhney, Associate Professor, Christ University.

133.     Ridhima Mehra, Delhi

134.     Rinchin, India.

135.     Rita Manchanda, Independent researcher and human rights activist, Pak-India Forum for Peace and Democracy.

136.     Ritu Ghosh.

137.     Rohini Hensman, Writer and Independent Scholar, Mumbai.

138.     Roopashri Sinha, Freelancer researcher and K M consultant, Mumbai.

139.     Runu Chakraborty, New Delhi.

140.     Rupa Chinai, journalist and author, Mumbai.

141.     Rupsa Malik, Women’s Rights Activist, New Delhi.

142.     Rushda, NFIW, New Delhi.

143.     Sabah Hasan, Artist, Mumbai.

144.     Sabah Khan, Mumbai.

145.     Sadhna Arya, Delhi University, New Delhi.

146.     Sajaya Kakarla, Hyderabad Women and Transgender Organisations Joint Action Committee.

147.     Sanghamitra Malik, Singer & Activist.

148.     Sangita Chatterji.

149.     Sanjana Gaind, Women’s Rights Activist, Delhi/Calcutta.

150.     Sakina Kurawadwala, former Professor and current HR head, Mumbai

151.     Sarah Mathews

152.     Seema Baquer, Disability Rights Activist and Lawyer, New Delhi.

153.     Sehba Taban, India.

154.     Shakun Doundiyakhed, Begaluru.

155.     Shalini Singh, Women’s Rights Activist, New Delhi.

156.     Shanta Gokhale, Writer, Mumbai.

157.     Sharanya Nayak.

158.     Sheba George, Ahmedabad.

159.     Sheelu Francis, President, Women’s Collective, Tamil Nadu.

160.     Sheila Kumar, Author/Editor, Bangalore.

161.     Sherin Balachandran, Architect, Bangalore

162.     Shewli, Social activist

163.     Shifa Haq, Delhi

164.     Shipra Nigam, New Delhi.

165.     Shiva Pathak, Artist , Bangalore

166.     Shivani, activist

167.     Shraddha Chickerur, University of Hyderabad.

168.     Shweta Vachani, Editor and Web Developer, New Delhi.

169.     Simona Sawhney, IIT Delhi.

170.     Sister Leelamma N.T, Advocate, Kottayam, India.

171.     Soma Marik, India.

172.     Sonia Jabbar, Filmmaker

173.     Stella Issac, President, Kalanjium Unorganized Workers Union.

174.     Sudarsana Kundu, Social development professional, Hyderabad.

175.     Sujata Patel, National Fellow, IIAS.

176.     Sumi Krishna, writer, researcher, teacher, Bangalore

177.     Sumitra Sunder, Curator/Artist, Bengaluru.

178.     Sunanda Bhat, film-maker, Bangalore.

179.     Sundari Perumal, Trustee, Tamilnadu Resource Team.

180.     Sushama Varma, Activist, Bangalore.

181.     Susheela Mahadevan, Retired Teacher, Bengaluru

182.     Sushma Veerappa

183.     Sushobha Barve, Centre for Dialogue and Reconciliation.

184.     Svati Joshi,  academic, Ahmedabad

185.     Swathi Seshadri, Researcher, Bangalore

186.     Swati Paranjape, Thane.

187.     Uma V Chandru, Bangalore.

188.     Usha Raman, Department of Communication, University of Hyderabad

189.     Vahida Nainar, PH.D scholar, Mumbai.

190.     Vaishnavi, CREA, New Delhi.

191.     Vani Subramanian, Feminist activist and filmmaker, Delhi

192.     Vijay Rukmini Rao, Social/feminist activist, Hyderabad.

193.     Vineeta Bal, Scientist, Pune.

194.     Virginia Saldanha, Secretary, Indian Women Theologians Forum, Goa.

195.     Yasmeen Lukmani, University of Bombay, Mumbai


1.           Rashida Manjoo – Professor University of Cape Town, South Africa, Former UN Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women.

2.           Charlotte Bunch – Distinguished Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies, Rutgers – The State University of New Jersey, USA.

3.           Savitri Goonesekere – Emeritus Professor of Law, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka and former member of UN CEDAW.

4.           Shanthi Dairiam – Founder IWRAW-AP, Former UN CEDAW Committee member.

5.           Kamala Chandrakirana – Human rights defender, Former Chair, UN Working Group on Discrimination Against Women in Law and Practice & Komnas Perempuan.

6.           Susan Abulhawa, Palestinian American writer and human rights activist, Yardley, Pennsylvania, U.S

7.           Haley Duschinki, Ohio State University, USA.

8.           Anne F Stenhammer- Former Deputy Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Elected Representative Regional Parliament of Nordland and Fauske, Norway.

9.           Hameeda Hossain, human rights activist and academic, Dhaka, Bangladesh

10.        Betsy Hartmann, Professor Emerita of Development Studies, Hampshire College, USA.

11.        Chandra Talpade Mohanty, Distinguished Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies & Dean’s Professor of the Humanities,

12.        Shireen P Huq, Naripokkho, Bangladesh.

13.        Patricia Viseur Sellers – International Criminal Lawyer, Brussels, Belgium

14.        Amrita Chhachhi, Netherlands.

15.        Dalia Sachs, University of Haifa, Israel

16.        Amrit Wilson, writer and activist, UK

17.        Alessandra Mezzadri, Senior Lecturer in Development Studies, Department of Development Studies, SOAS, Russell Square London

18.        Afina van der Veen, The Hague, The Netherlands

19.        Akshara Ravishankar, University of Chicago, USA.

20.        Akansha Amal, Post Doctoral Fellow, Univ of Oxford, UK

21.        Alma Khasawnih, PhD, USA.

22.        Alouki Labbe Rachel, filmmaker, native rights, Montreal, Canada

23.        Amarinder Kaur

24.        Ambreen Ahmad, Rozan, Pakistan.

25.        Amina Mohsin, Professor, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh

26.        Amita Asavari, PhD student, Department of Sociology, University of Connecticut, USA.

27.        Amita Swadhin, Founding Director, Mirror Memoirs, USA.

28.        Amna Mawaz Khan, Awami Workers Party, Lahore, Pakistan.

29.        Amrita Dhar, Ohio State University, USA.

30.        Angana Chatterji, Feminist Scholar, University of California, Berkley, USA.

31.        Angela Waldegg, Artist, Vienna, Austria.

32.        Ania Loomba, USA

33.        Ann Rueso, Chicago, USA.

34.        Anna Hendrixson, Population and Development Program, Hampshire College, Amherst, USA.

35.        Anne Marie Manga – Psychologue-Consultante, Enseignante a l’university de Yaounde

36.        Anupama Rao, Columbia University, USA.

37.        Anushaya Collure – South Asians for Human Rights, Colombo, Sri Lanka

38.        Ashila Dandeniya, Standup Movement Lanka, Sri Lanka.

39.        Baljit Banga, Director Imkaan,UK (Black feminist organisation dedicated to addressing violence against women and girls in the UK)

40.        Barbara Ransby, writer, historian, professor, and activist, University of Chicago

41.        Barbara Klugman- Strategy and Evaluation practitioner, South Africa.

42.        Bhavani Fonseka, Sri Lanka.

43.        Bhavani Raman, Associate Professor History, University of Toronto

44.        Cara Cancelmo, University of Connecticut, USA.

45.        Carole Spary, University of Nottingham

46.        Cayathri Divakalala, Independent Researcher, Sri Lanka

47.        Charo Mina-Rojas, Black Feminisms, Colombia

48.        Cynthia Rothschild – Independent Human Rights Activist, New York, USA.

49.        Daniela, Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women, Colombo, Sri Lanka.

50.        Deekshya Illangasinghe – South Asians For Human Rights, Colombo, Sri Lanka.

51.        Denise Dora, Human Rights lawyer, Brazil, member UN Women Civil Society Advisory Group, Latin America.

52.        Diana Duarte

53.        Diane Elson, Emeritus Professor University of Essex, UK.  Member of UN Committee on Development Policy

54.        Dina M Siddiqui, USA.

55.        Dinah Musindarwezo – FEMNET, Nairobi, Kenya.

56.        Diya Basu-Sen, Bengali Feminist and Social Justice Advocate, Executive Director Sapna NYC Inc, New York, USA.

57.        Dorcas Coker-Appiah, Human rights activist, Accra, Ghana

58.        Duna Goswami, MD, FRCSC, Canada.

59.        Elizabeth Cox, HELP Resources, Wewak, Papua New Guinea.

60.        Faizun Zackariya, Muslim Women’s Research & Action Forum, Sri Lanka.

61.        G Patel, translator, writer, Charlottesville, Virginia, US

62.        Gayatri Kodikal, Artist, Writer and Game Designer, Rotterdam and Goa

63.        Gayatri Reddy, Professor, Gender and Women’s Studies Program, University of Illinois at Chicago

64.        Geeta Misra – CREA,  New York, USA

65.        Gila Svirsky, Women in Black, Israel.

66.        Gloria González-López, Ph.D. ,Professor, Department of Sociology, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas, USA

67.        Goldie Osuri, University of Warwick, UK.

68.        Hanna Safran, Historian.

69.        Harshita Yalamarty, PhD Student, York University, Canada.

70.        Heidi Grunebaum, University of the Western Cape, South Africa.

71.        Heidi Paredes, Feminist Activist and Resource Development Coordinator, Israel/Palestine

72.        Huong Nguyen, UAF, Oakland, USA.

73.        Ivy Josiah, Former director, Women’s Aid Organisation, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

74.        Jaribu Hill, Mississippi Workers’ Centre for Human Rights, Greenville, Mississippi USA.

75.        Jayanthi Kuru-Utumpala, Feminist, Colombo, Sri Lanka

76.        Jessica Nevo, Sociologist, Argentina and Israel

77.        Jyotsna Maskay, Chairperson, LOOM/WOREC, Kathmandu, Nepal

78.        K Sen, OXFORD, UK

79.        Kalpana Wilson, BIRKBECK College, London

80.        Kajori Chaudhuri, New York, USA.

81.        Kamala Chandrakirana – Human rights defender, Former Chair, UN Working Group on Discrimination Against Women in Law and Practice & Komnas Perempuan, Indonesia.

82.        Kaveesha Coswatte, i-Pro bono, Colombo, Sri Lanka

83.        Khushi Kabir, Activist, Sangat, Bangladesh.

84.        Kiran Grewal, Reader, Department of Sociology, Goldsmiths, University of London, Lewisham Way, New Cross, London, UK

85.        Kishwar Sultana – Insan Foundation Trust, Pakistan

86.        Kriti Budhiraja, PhD Student, University of Minnesota

87.        Kumudini Samuel, Women and Media Collective, Sri Lanka.

88.        Kyli Kleven – The Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice, New York.

89.        Laila Malik, AWID

90.        Lame Olebile – Astraea Foundation, New York, USA.

91.        Leena Kumarappan, London, UK.

92.        Lesley Ann Foster, Masimanyane Women’s Rights International, South Africa.

93.        Lihi Jofee, The Coalition of Women for Peace, Israel-Palestine.

94.        Lilach Ben David, Israel.

95.        Lizzy Igbine Mrs., National President,

96.        Nigerian Women Agro Allied Farmers Association, Nigeria

97.        Nirupama Ravi, doctoral student, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA

98.        Lorena Arocha, University of Hull, UK.

99.        Lori Heise, Professor, Baltimore, USA

100.     Lotika Singh, Honorary Research Fellow, Wolverhampton University, UK.

101.     Lucía Pérez Fragoso, Mexico.

102.     Mabel Bianco, President, Foundation for Studies and Research on Women, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

103.     Marcia Freedman, former Member of Knesset (Israel), Berkeley, California

104.     Margaret Price, Associate Professor, Department of English, Director, Disability Studies Program, The Ohio State University

105.     Mariam Gagoshashvili – Astraea Foundation, New York, USA.

106.     Marina Roesler Ph.D – Founder and Principal, RiskDNA LLC, New York

107.     Mario Iosue, Psychotherapist, Toronto, Canada.

108.     Mary Jane Real, Human Rights Defender, Manila, Philippines.

109.     Mary Pampalk, Women in Black, Israel

110.     Maryam Al-Khawaja, Copenhagen, Denmark

111.     Melissa Upreti, Senior Director, Centre for Women’s Global Leadership, The State University of New Jersey, Rutgers, New Jersey, USA.

112.     Miabi Chatterji, Astraea Foundation, New York, USA.

113.     Michel Freidman, Feminist activist and Social change practitioner, South Africa.

114.     Michelle Lee, PhD Student, University Of Minnesota, USA.

115.     Mihika Chatterjee, Departmental Lecturer, University of Oxford

116.     Mihika Sud

117.     Miray Philips, PhD Candidate, University of Minnesota, USA.

118.     Mitra Ebrahami, Teheran, Iran

119.     Molly Doane, Associate Professor of Anthropology

120.     Mridula Rao

121.     Muktasree Chakma, Researcher and Rights activist, Bangladesh

122.     Nadine Naber, Professor, University of Illinois in Chicago, USA.

123.     Naheed Ahmad, Academic, Paris, France.

124.     Dr. Natalie Bennett, Educator/Women’s Center, Director,

125.     Chicago, United States

126.     Navnidhi Sharma, PhD Scholar, New York.

127.     Navtej Purewal, SOAS, UK.

128.     Nayana Somaiah, MD CCFP, Toronto, Canada.

129.     Neelam Hussain, Academic-Activist, Women’s Action Forum, Lahore, Pakistan.

130.     Neeti Nair, Historian, USA.

131.     Nelika Rajapakshe – Women and Media Collective, Colombo, Sri Lanka

132.     Neloufer De Mel – Professor, Colombo, Sri Lanka

133.     Nida Kirmani, Associate Professor, Lahore University of Management Sciences, Lahore, Pakistan

134.     Nighat Khan, Director, ASR, Lahore

135.     Nikita Sud, Oxford, UK.

136.     Niyathini Kadirgamar, PhD Student, UMass Amherst, Jaffna People’s Forum for Coexistence, Sri Lanka

137.     Nosheen Ali, Karti Dharti, Karachi, Pakistan.

138.     Nova Ahmed, Associate Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, North South University, Bangladesh.

139.     Or Ben David, Activist, Israel.

140.     Pankhuri Agarwal, Researcher, University of Bristol, UK.

141.     Paola Salwan Daher, Board member, Urgent Action Fund, Geneva, Switzerland.

142.     Patricia Viseur Sellers – International Criminal Lawyer , Brussels, Belgium

143.     Paulette Meyer, San Francisco, USA.

144.     Penny Vera Sanza, Birbeck, UK.

145.     Prerna Gupta, PhD Student, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada.

146.     Priyanka Kodikal, Interaction Designer, Berlin

147.     Priyanthi Fernando, IWRAW AP, Sri Lanka.

148.     Professor Ravinder Barn, Royal Holloway, University of London

149.     Professor Valentina Vitali, University of East London, London, UK

150.     Radhika Balakrishnan, Rutgers University, USA.

151.     Rahila Gupta, Southall Black Sisters

152.     Rajani Bhatia, State University of New York, USA.

153.     Rajender Kaur, Professor of English, Director, Asian Studies Program, William Paterson University, New Jersey

154.     Rekha Mehra Ph.D – Washington, USA.

155.     Rela Mazali, Independent Scholar and Activist, Israel.

156.     Remi Aruna Olajoyegbe, Women’s Empowerment Coach, London, UK.

157.     Renu Rajbhandari – NAWHRD, Tarangini Foundation, Nepal.

158.     Rita Thapa – peace activist, Kathmandu, Nepal.

159.     Ritty Lukose, Associate Professor, New York University, USA.

160.     Ritu Ghosh, PhD student at the Department of Anthropology, The University of Illinois at Chicago

161.     Rona Mashiach, Israel.

162.     Rubina Saigol, Independent Researcher, Women Action Forum, Lahore, Pakistan

163.     Ruchi Chaturvedi, Senior Lecturer, Department of Sociology, University of Cape Town, SA.

164.     Ruth Acheinegeh, Regional Coordinator for the North West/South West Associations of Women With Disabilities, West Africa English Cameroon.

165.     Ruth Noack, Curator, Berlin

166.     Ruth Ojiambo Ochieng – peace activist, friend of Kashmir, Kampala, Uganda.

167.     Sachini Perera- RESURJ, London, UK.

168.     Samantha Agrawal, PhD Student, John Hopkins University, USA.

169.     Sarala Emmanuel, Researcher and Activist, Sri Lanka.

170.     Savitri Goonesekere – Emeritus Professor of Law, University of Colombo, and former member of UN CEDAW, Sri Lanka

171.     Savitri Hensman, Writer and health research involvement coordinator, London, UK.

172.     Sepali, Women and Media Collective, Sri Lanka.

173.     Sheba Tejani, Assistant Professor, The New School, USA.

174.     Sheepa Hafiza, Director, Ain O Salish Kendra, Bangladesh.

175.     Shilpa Menon, PhD student, Anthropology, The University of Illinois at Chicago, USA.

176.     Shivangi Kaushik, DPhil Candidate in International Development, University of Oxford.

177.     Shreen Abdul Saroor, Women’s Action Network/Muslim Women Development Trust/Mannar Women’s Development Federation, Sri Lanka.

178.     Sima Samar, Human Rights Advocate, Kabul, Afghanistan.

179.     Sneha Krishnan, Associate Professor in Human Geography, University of      Oxford, United Kingdom

180.     Snigdha Kumar, PhD Student, University of Minnesota, USA.

181.     Solange Rocha, Researcher and Consultant, South Africa.

182.     Sravanthi Dasari, Doctoral Student, University of Illnois, USA.

183.     Srimati Basu, University of Kentucky, USA.

184.     Subha Wijesiriwardena – Women and Media Collective, Colombo, Sri Lanka.

185.     Sujatha Subramaniam

186.     Sultana Kamal – Human rights activist, Chair, South Asians For Human Rights, Dhaka, Bangladesh

187.     Sumi Madhok, Associate Professor, Department of Gender Studies, London School of Economics, Houghton Street, London

188.     Susanne Zwingel, Florida State University, USA.

189.     Svati Shah, University of Massachusetts, USA.

190.     Tahira Abdullah, peace, environment and rights activist, Islamabad, Pakistan.

191.     Talma Bardin

192.     Terry Greenblatt, Berkley, USA.

193.     Terry Mcgovern, feminist, human rights lawyer, New York, USA.

194.     Tharanga De Silva, Women & Media Collective, Colombo, Sri Lanka.

195.     Trimita Chakma – APWLD, Chiangmai, Thailand

196.     Vasuki Nesiah, New York University, USA.

197.     Virginia Botelho – feminist activist, Recife, Brazil.

198.     Vrinda Marwah, University of Texas-Austin, USA.

199.     Xeenarh Mohammed, TIER, Nigeria

200.     Xiaopei He, Pink Space, Sexuality Resource Centre, China.

201.     Yamini Mishra, Human rights advocate, London, UK

202.     Yasmin Rehman, Juno Women’s Aid, Nottingham, UK.

203.     Yousi Fazili, International human rights lawyer, Washington DC

204.     Zoey Martin-Lockhart, Graduate student in Department of Anthropology, University of Illinois, Chicago, US

205.     Zulaikha Haq, Independent Professional Consultant, Afghanistan.

1.           Saheli Women’s Research Centre, New Delhi, India.

2.           National Federation of Indian Women, India.

3.           Our Bodies Ourselves (OBOS), USA.

4.           New Profile, Movement for the Demilitarization of Israeli Society.

5.           Urgent Action Fund – New York, Oakland, USA

6.           Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD), Chiangmai, Thailand.

7.           Association for Progressive Communications, South Africa.

8.           Association of Women Rights in Development, Toronto/Mexico, Cape Town.

9.           Unwanted Witness, Uganda

10.        AIHMS Global

11.        Alternative Justice Centre, Israel/Palestine

12.        Bebaak Collective, India.

13.        CREA – Global.

14.        Forum Against the Oppression of Women, Mumbai.

15.        Gender Studies and Human Rights Documentation Centre, Accra, Ghana.

16.        Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women (GAATW), Thailand.

17.        Global Fund For Women – San Francisco, USA.

18.        International Women’s Rights Action Watch – Asia Pacific, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

19.        Kashmir Women’s Collective, New Delhi, India.

20.        MADRE, New York, USA.

21.        Mamas Activating Movements for Abolition and Solidarity (MAMAS), Chicago, USA.

22.        Purogami Mahila Sangathan, India.

23.        Roots for Equity, Pakistan

24.        Sachetana women’s rights organisation, Kolkata, India

25.        Samuyukta, India.

26.        South Asian Women, New York, USA.

27.        Tamil Nadu Women Forum, India.

28.        The Initiative for Equal Rights – Lagos, Nigeria.

29.        Vimochana, Bangalore, India.

30.        Women in Governance (WinG), India.

31.        Women Against Sexual Violence and State Repression, India.




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