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Creating Resilience and Healthy Sustainability


Feminism in India (FII), in collaboration with the Swedish Institute, is thrilled to present “Advocacy, Passion, and Beyond: Voices from the SI Leader Lab,” a new mini-podcast show. On this show, your host Japleen Pasricha, Founder-CEO of Feminism in India, talks about the different ways activists around the world have risen to the challenge and used digital tools to keep doing the work they do. Listen to the podcast trailer here.

The podcast show was produced as part of the Swedish Institute’s SI Leader Lab program. SI Leader Lab is a leadership program organized by the Swedish Institute for civil society leaders working for Sustainable Development Goal 16 (peaceful and inclusive societies) in Eastern Europe, Middle East, Africa North and South Asia. It is designed to give participants the opportunity to explore their leadership skills and learn effective advocacy methods. The next call for applications will open mid-October 2022, more information here.

For the third episode, we have Nesmah Mansoor from Yemen and Sonal Dhanani from Pakistan.

Nesmah Mansoor is a young human rights defender and peace activist. She has over 8 years of experience in the field of human rights, including women’s and youth rights. Nesmah is the founding member of the Peace Monitoring Initiative and is currently Head of Media and Advocacy. She is a negotiator trained by Clingendael Institute in the Netherlands it is also a Swedish institute Chef’s Lab 2021 alumina and member of the Girls Globe.

Sonal Dhanani is an award-winning peacemaker, mental health advocate, creative professional, neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) practitioner and trauma-informed facilitator, eager to promote education, mental health initiatives and social action in Pakistan. Sonal was a member of the first National Youth Council of Pakistan led by Prime Minister Imran Khan. In 2015, after losing a loved one in a terrorist attack, Sonal realized the need for mental health and recreational wellbeing in Pakistan and started an initiative called parindey which focuses on countering and preventing violent extremism in Pakistan through a soft approach of introducing mental health and peacebuilding programs. Thanks to this organization, Sonal participates in the general peace process at the level of the peoples.

The purpose of Sonal’s work and her goal for a peaceful Pakistan is to break the stigma that surrounds speaking out about mental health issues and her work aims to make a meaningful difference in the world, changing perceptions about good – to be mental. Sonal was the first to introduce and bring art and music therapy to vulnerable communities with a focus on providing a platform for young people to channel their emotions in positive ways and address violence in the society.

Hear Japleen talk to Nesmah and Sonal about building resilience and healthy sustainability.

The podcast “Advocacy, Passion and Beyond: Voices from the SI Leader Lab” is available on Spotify, Apple podcasts, Google podcasts and many other streaming platforms via Anchor!