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    • People’s SAARC Punjab Strategy meeting held

      People’s SAARC Pakistan, organised strategy meeting in Lahore, Punjab on 14 October at Progressive Labour Federation office. Over 40 activists from peasants’ organisations, women’s organisations, trade unions, social and political activists attended the meeting. The meeting was chaired by Nazli...

    • People’s SAARC Regional Convergence 2014 organised in Nepal

      South Asian people's movements (women, youth, peasants, labour, socially marginalised groups) and civil society organisations organised a regional convergence from 22 to 24 November 2014 in the form of People's SAARC, parallel to the 18th SAARC Summit in Kathmandu, Nepal. The overarching theme of...

    • People's SAARC Regional Planning Meeting held

      People's SAARC Regional Planning Meeting heldThe regional planning meeting of People’s SAARC was organised on 14 September 2014 in Kathmandu, Nepal.  The planning meeting mainly focused on People’s SAARC mobilisation at the national and regional level for the regional convergence of People’s SAARC, which will be organised in Kathmandu, Nepal....

  • People's SAARC in Media

    • Nepal: People's SAARC challenges regional elite's agenda

      By Farooq Tariq The 18th South Asian Associations for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) summit took place at Kathmandu, Nepal on November 25 and 26. The heads of the eight states of South Asia took part in the summit. Kathmandu was a showcase of what has happened repeatedly in the three decades since the...

    • People's SAARC wraps up with 24-point declaration

      HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE KATHMANDU: The three-day long People’s SAARC Convergence-2014 concluded today with a 24-point declaration. People’s SAARC also handed over the declaration to the government of Nepal as Nepal is hosting the 18th SAARC Summit. Coordinator of People’s SAARC Regional Convergence...

    • People’s SAARC kicks off in capital, around 80 issues to be discussed

      Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Home Affairs Bam Dev Gautam has said the government was committed to  promulgating an inclusive, proportional and democratic constitution within coming January 22. Opening the People’s SAARC Regional Convergence amidst a programme here Saturday, Minister...

South Asian Feminist Alliance for Economic, Social Cultural Rights (SAFA) was formed at the PWESCR’s South Asian Regional Feminist Forum, in Negombo, Sri Lanka on August 26th, 2012.

SAFA, a coalition of feminists from South Asian countries that are actively pursuing the realization of women’s human rights in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka,   brings together leaders trained by PWESCRs 2011 and 2012 Leadership Institutes along with experts from the region with established feminist voices for a collective regional stance and efforts to promote and protect women’s economic, social and cultural rights. In recognition of the diversity of the South Asian region, SAFA members belong to multiple ethnic, religious and social realities and bring with them professional expertise and insights as human rights advocates, lawyers, activists, researchers, policy makers, practitioners, journalists and academics.

SAFA recognizes that the concerns of South Asian women have failed to be adequately represented in national, regional and international economic growth policies and development agendas. Furthermore, it acknowledges that mainstream development as well as the feminist discourse have not integrated the living realities of South Asian women.

SAFA reclaims the space for dialogue on the South Asian perspective by South Asian women themselves. It provides a much needed platform for sharing of information and resources to foster creation of knowledge, tools and learning to further a regional discussion on the advancement of a collective discourse and agenda, especially in the context of economic, social and cultural rights.

The South Asian Feminist gathered in Negombo also developed Negombo Declaration.