The South Asian Network to Address Masculinities (SANAM) is a network of NGOs (national and regional), academics and activists who believe that the toxicity of masculinities needs to be challenged if we are to dream of a violence free world. Masculinities and violence, it has been suggested, are inextricably linked in creating and maintaining all forms of inequalities. SANAM provides a platform for South Asians to work together in developing a culture of resistance to gender based violence.

Abhijit Das

Abhijit Das

Abhijit Das is Director of Centre for Health and Social Justice (CHSJ) a policy research and advocacy institution around health and human rights and men and gender equality in India. He is also a Clinical Associate Professor at the Department of Global Health, at the University of Washington in Seattle USA. He has worked for over fifteen years as a community based clinician and manager of community based health and development programs in North India. Over the last decade he has been working on health policy especially in the area of gender, health rights and accountability. He works in an advisory capacity with the ministry of health at the Central level and in different states in India.

Anand Pawar

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Anand Pawar is based in Pune and is an activist in women’s movement in Maharashtra. Presently he is working as the executive director of SAMYAK, a communication and resource centre on gender, masculinities, health and development based in Pune (India). He is associated with various social justice and peace movements in India and abroad. He is actively involved in inquiry of politics of masculinities and its linkages with culture of violence and militarisation in South Asia.

Bimla Chandrashekhar


Director, EKTA Resource Centre for Women, Madurai

Dhan Pradhan Pandit


Assistant Professor, Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu

Dina Mahnaz Siddiqi


Dina M. Siddiqi is a scholar and research consultant who is committed to bridging the gap between academia and activism.  An anthropologist by training, Dr. Siddiqi’s research and publications span a broad spectrum: Islam and transnational feminism; gender justice and non-state dispute resolution systems; the cultural politics of nationalism; and women workers in the garment industry.
Dr. Siddiqi has worked for leading human rights organizations in Bangladesh including Ain o Salish Kendra (the Law and Mediation Centre), and Bangladesh Legal and Services Trust (BLAST).
She divides her time between the USA and Bangladesh where she teaches Anthropology at BRAC University.

Kamla Bhasin


Director, SANGAT South Asia, New Delhi

Kausar Khan


Member of Women Action Forum (WAF) Karachi since its emergence as a public resistance to General Zia’s anti-women legislations and directives. Emlpoyed with Aga Khan University, Karachi, and works in dept of Community Health Sciences which is committed to community based medical education. Involved in bringing social perspective to teaching and health research, with special focus on women’s participation, equity, democratization , movements, bioethics, and critical research paradigms.

Laxman Belbase


Laxman is currently associated with Save the Children in the capacity of “Regional Gender and Child Protection Specialist (South & Central Asia)”, based out of Kathmandu. A human rights advocate with experiences on program development, implementation and advocacy in the field of child rights & social justice at national as well as regional levels, for the last 10 years. Holds experiences on works around engaging boys and young men in creating safe spaces for children & women at community level and mobilise communities to address violence against women and girls, child marriage, sexual abuse & neglect, corporal punishment, violent punishment of children, domestic violence, addressing masculinities and sexual and gender-based violence in general. An excellent networker and also coordinates the SANAM Group.

Mahbooba Haque Kumkum


Coordinator, STEPS Towards Development, Dhaka

Maria Rashid


Student, Islamabad

Neloufer de Mel


Prof. Neloufer de Mel, is the Director of Studies for the Faculty of Arts, a Professor of English, and a Lecturer for the Postgraduate Diploma and MA in Women’s Studies programs, at the University of Colombo in Sri Lanka.

Pinky Rana


Director, SAMANATA Kathmandu

Poonam Kathuria


Poonam Kathuria  is the founder director of  Society for Women’s Action and Training Initiatives[1] - SWATI, an organization that works on issues related to violence against women (VAW), livelihood, health, right to information (RTI) and governance.

She  has  been involved in policy formulation, written articles for magazines, and published research papers. The most recent publication is a study on shelter homes in Gujarat[2] . Currently she is the   co-editor, chapter writer in  “From a Feminist Lens – Women’s  Voices, Mode of Campaigning and  Non-violent  Ways of Resistance”[3], ‘ to be published by Zubaan-  in December 2013.

Rahul Roy


Rahul Roy graduated from the Mass Communication Research Centre at Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi in 1987 with a post graduate degree in film making.  His films have travelled across the globe to various documentary film festivals and have won several prestigious awards. Rahul Roy’s films explore the themes of masculinity and gender relations against the larger background of communalism, labour, class identities and urban spaces. His work has focused primarily on masculinities. Besides film making he has been researching and writing on masculinities. His graphic book on masculinities titled ‘A Little Book on Men’ was recently published by Yoda Press.

Roy is the Director of Aakar, a Delhi based trust that works in the area of media, culture and research. Aakar has been engaged in several interventions on masculinities across the South Asian region for more than a decade now.

Raziq Fahim


Raziq is the founder and executive director of College of Youth Activism and Development, an organization dedicated to work with young people who are exposed to extremism, violence and militancy, creating new ways of learning and facilitating engagement. Raziq has also worked as founding faculty member in the Institute for Development Studies and Practices, a community-centric initiative on youth leadership, alternative education and community infrastructures.

Raziq is MA (Development Support Communication) and PgDipin Governance from University Birmingham and Awarded, Ashoka Fellowship for innovation for Change 2009, Senior Fellowship in Institutional Development, IDSP-Pakistan 2009-11, and Chevening Fellowship 2007.

Rezaul Karim Rony

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Rezaul Karim Rony is a young public intellectual from Dhaka, Bangladesh. He writes for national and international papers,journals and online portals. Power, state, religion and masculinity are his main areas of work. He is the editor for an analytic magazine, ‘Joban’ (Voice for praxis). He is a poet and also field level activist. His publication include: 1.’Masculinity and grammar of sexual politics’ 2.’Genocide and Emerge of Crusade’ and some other books, available in Bengali.

Safiullah Khan


Saffi Ullah works as Program Coordinator in Rozan, an Islamabad based NGO in Pakistan He has masters degree in Economics and Diploma in Project Planning and Management. He has been team lead of Rozan’s work on men and masculinities for last four years. He conducted two researches on masculinities and alternative models of manhood. He has been coordinating MenEngage Alliance Pakistan chapter in 2010-11. He played a pivotal role in developing and testing a module to work with men and boys to end GBV in Pakistani context. He coordinated first SANAM fellowship at national level in 2010-11 and won SANAM fellowship for the year 2012-13. Presently, he is engaged in a research that explores non-violent masculinities.  He has attended number of regional workshops around men and masculinities and facilitated workshops at national level for NGOs in Sindh and KP province.

Sanjay Srivastava


Sanjay Srivastava is Professor of Sociology at the Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi.

Sanjeev Uprety


Sanjeev Uprety is a professor at the Central Department of English, Tribhuvan University. He completed his Ph.d from Brown university and did his post-doctoral work at Harvard and UC Berkeley universities, focusing on South Asian masculinties. He is also the author of popular Nepali novel Ghanchakkar and has also written Siddhanta Ka kura, a book that analyzes various contemporary theories from Gender and Cultural studies to Postmodernism and Marxism in relation to Nepali politics, culture, literature and art. He is also a theater artist, art critic and newspaper columnist.

Satish Kumar Singh


Deputy Director, Centre for Health and Social Justice

Sivamohan Sumathy


Sivamohan Sumathy is attached to the Department of English, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. Her academic work is in the areas of nation, gender, displacement, citizenship, masculinities, performance, translation and film studies.  An award winning playwright, she has performed widely nationally and internationally. Her films, Upheaval, Oranges and Ingirunthu (Here and Now)   have received international recognition. In 2011 she received the prestigious Premchand Award from  the Sahithya Akademy of India.

Subhash Medhapurkar


Executive Director, SUTRA, Jagjit Nagar, Himachal Pradesh

Sujata Khandekar


Director, CORO for Literacy, Mumbai

Syed Saghir Bukhari


Sr. Program Coordinator, UN Women, Islamabad

Thivia Radhakrishnan


Program Coordinator, CARE International Sri Lanka, Colombo

Velusamy Weerasingham


Gender Consultant, Colombo