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After the introductory South Asian VoicesKubernein Initiative webinar on the need for a Feminist Foreign Policy Framework in South Asia, regional analysts from India, Pakistan, Nepal, Afghanistan, and Sri Lanka will consider the benefits and challenges of gender mainstreaming and elevating underrepresented voices in their respective countries in the fields of security, politics, and economics.

Full Conference Schedule (EST):

8:00 – 8:07AM: Welcome and Introduction (By Akriti Vasudeva, Editor-at-large, South Asian Voices and Research Analyst)

8:07 – 8:15AM: Prospects for and Current Status of Gender Mainstreaming in South Asia (By Priyanka Bhide, Co-Founder and Director, Kubernein Initiative)

8:15 – 9:15AM: Panel discussion on Challenges to Women’s Integration in Trade, Economic, and Foreign Policy: Perspectives from Nepal and Sri Lanka (Moderated By Priyanka Bhide, Co-Founder and Director, Kubernein Initiative)

  • Avasna Pandey, Program Manager, Center for Investigative Journalism-Nepal
  • Sharanya Sekaram, Policy and Advocacy Consultant, Everystory Sri Lanka 

9:15 – 10:15AM: Panel discussion on Intersection of Security, Geopolitics, and Gender: The View from India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan (Moderated by Brigitta Schuchert, Research Associate and Managing Editor, South Asian Voices)

  • Nilofar Sakhi, Professorial Lecturer in International Affairs, George Washington University
  • Tanvi Kulkarni, Policy Fellow, Asia-Pacific Leadership Network 
  • Zainab Najeeb, PhD student at the Department of Anthropology, Rutgers University

10:15 – 10:27AM: Endnote Speaker

10:27 – 10:30AM: Concluding remarks (By Ambika Vishwanath, Co-Founder and Director, Kubernein Initiative & Akriti Vasudeva, Editor-at-large, South Asian Voices and Research Analyst)

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