Women, Peace and Security Online Course
WRN has launched its first WPS Online Course convening 23 students from India, Pakistan and Afghanistan to deepen their knowledge on Women, Peace and Security learning.
Students are learning from the expertise of WRN Members, receiving lectures from network members and renowned activists from across South Asia and globally, from countries including Nigeria, Yemen and Bosnia.
Lecturers will engage with students on various topics such as violent extremisms, conflict resolution, movement building, and women in peace processes and politics.
One of the primary ways we mentor young women is through our internship program. Our interns come from The Univeristy of Denver’s Korbel School of International Affairs and the Univeristy of Toronto’s Munk Center.
Ingrid Von Kleydorff
We are currently seeking interns for 2019-2020 academic year!
If you currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate school, have a background in gender studies and South Asia, and have strong communication skills, fill out the form below and we will contact you.
Emerging Young Women Leaders Conference
We are proud to co-host the Emerging Young Women Leaders Congress. The congress is aimed to inspire and facilitate 30 Emerging Young Women Leaders from across Pakistan for exchange of fresh ideas, knowledge and networking. Previous participants in the congress have gone on to write books, be the sole Pakistani woman representative in a number of international conferences, and built and lead civil society coalitions to end violence against woman.
The founder, Farhat Asif, received the 2017 N-Peace Award for "Campaign for Action". She is a Kashmir-born Pakistani activist, founder and president of Institute of Peace and Diplomatic Studies, and a leader for peace in Pakistan.
Keep up to date with previous EYWLC Fellows and the next Congress by following their Facebook page.
Our Afghanistan and India teams are hosting a local film club for students and young professionals in Kabul and New Delhi. The film themes center on the experiences of women who have faced challenges, how they fight to overcome hardship, and their leadership in peace and security around the world.
We look forward to sharing more about the film series on our blog.
Book Club in New Delhi
We believe that creating safe spaces to talk about gender, women's rights, peace, and security is critical to advancing gender equality. Having a plurality of voices from men and women of different identities and backgrounds is also important to us. WRN India has launched a book club in New Delhi to help start the conversation!
Be sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook for meeting times and book of the month announcements. Discussions are lead by Padmini Ghosh, the WRN India Country Coordinator.
If you are not in New Dehli, don't worry! You can still join us. We will also be hosting the discussion on Skype. Email us at for more information on how to connect.
Updates from WRN India
To commemorate the occasion of International Day of Peace (September 21st) WRN India collaborated with the School of Vocational Studies and the School of Human Studies in Ambedkar University Delhi to initiate a dialogue on inclusive sustainable peace through through interactive and meaningful activities.
As a part of this programe, WRN India also partnered with a student theatre group - El Pueblo. This partnership led to WRN India producing and helping in the conceptualisation of a street-play titled: Mai..Mai Kahan se hu? (ME..Where am I from?). The event commenced with a 15 minute play by the group, as part of the briefing of the theme, followed by a short discussion before moving onto the main activity.
On September 18th, 2019 a poster-making competition on the theme “My Right to Peace”, was organised in collaboration with School of Vocational Studies, AUD (Karampura Campus). where more than 45 under-grad students participated to make innovative and thoughtful posters depicting their vision of a peaceful and inclusive society.
On September 23rd 2019, WRN India partnered with the School of Human Studies at AUD Kashmere Gate campus to hold a roundtable discussion on the theme Women and Peace. The roundtable had a total of 16 speakers including practitioners, academics, artists and students. This group brought forth a diverse set of voices and practices ranging across justice and accountability in legal mechanisms, low-intensity conflicts and everyday peace, gendered aspects of climate change and peace, using theatre as peacebuilding approach, cross-border feminist solidarities, gendered poverty as violence, practice of mourning as a movement to name a few. In addition to the 16 speakers there were other participants who made their meaningful interventions.
Group photo with winners
Participants at the postemaking competition
Seeking Young Leaders
If you are a young leader in working towards women's rights in South Asia, we would love to hear from you!