SAWF Legal Fellowship

This short film is a glimpse into SAWF's legal fellowship programme. The fellowship grant, launched in 2013, provides financial and technical support, as well as regional networking opportunities to women lawyers working at the primary courts in Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka to provide pro bono litigation and to facilitate access to justice for women.

Strengthening Regional Feminist Movements Convergence 2017 Highlights

SAWF’s annual regional convergence in South Asia, was organised from July 14-16 in Kathmandu, Nepal. The convergence was attended by over 100 SAWF grantee partners and allies working to further women’s and trans* rights in South Asia, and was the largest one we have ever hosted. The convergence aimed at understanding the current wave of ‘right wing’ politics, ‘democracy’ and ‘human rights’; the impact of ‘right wing’ politics on feminist and trans* rights and organising and the strengths and challenges in asserting and claiming identities. There were also vibrant debates around intersectionality within the women’s rights movements. The methodology of the convergence was a mix of plenary sessions, parallel sessions, workshops and talks, film screening as well as performances.

Rights Based Approach to Grant Making

What is the Rights-Based Approach to grant making? SAWF ED Tulika Srivastava and other Human Rights Funders talk about the issue in this video. Thank you Human Rights Funders Network (HRFN) for facilitating this critical conversation! 

Tulika Srivastava at #CGI2015

SAWF Executive Director Tulika Srivastava speaks to students from Laureate International Universities at the 2015 Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting #‎CGI2015 about what inspires her to work for women's rights, and the need to stand behind the most marginalised women and support their struggles.

Melinda Gates, Kalki Koechlin and Suneeta Dhar on She The People

Suneeta Dhar, founder-director SAWF, talks about equality at work place, unpaid care work, and much more on 'She The People'! She speaks about women's engagement in multiple livelihoods, which somehow is not captured all the time in the national statistics, and remains undercounted, undervalued. She goes on to speak about how 'policies are informed by a patriarchal lens' and that 'women are actually subsidising the state.'


In January 2016, South Asia Women's Fund along with Global Fund for Women presented a session on anti-trafficking in the context of labour and migrant rights at the International Human Rights Funders Group meeting in San Francisco. Here are some of the voices from the field, compiled in a short video for presentation at the event.

South Asia Women's Fund: A Unique Approach to Philanthropy

South Asia Women's Fund's film on its unique perspective and women's rights funding in the South Asia region. Hear from key people in the organisation as well as organisations and activists who have received SAWF's support on the importance of the critical funding SAWF provides. 

A Feminist Regional Convergence for Collective Reflection and Strategising March 2016

South Asia Women's Fund held its first South Asia feminist convergence in Kathmandu, Nepal in March 2015. SAWF brought together feminist activists, practitioners, academics, lawyers, donors and other experts from all over South Asia to collectively imagine what a feminist South Asia would look like and how to get there. This is the highlights video of the convergence.