Institute of South Asian Women (ISAW) is a non-profit, non-government organisation based in New Delhi. ISAW was established in 2012 and focuses on the SAARC Region, while its membership and activities are worldwide. ISAW is committed and works for the common issues affecting women and the girls in the SAARC countries, viz. Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
Our mission is to empower the women and girls of the Region. We believe that irrespective of gender, all people deserve equal rights, privileges and opportunities.
AIMS & OBJECTIVES
- 1. Our focus is empowerment of women: political, economic and social.
- 2. Promote gender equality in all spheres.
- 3. Fight against physical & mental violence, especially domestic violence.
- 4. Prevent harassment of women at workplace and sexual abuse.
- 5. Help distressed women living abroad (NRIs and others), with the active cooperation of the local women organizations of the respective country.
- 6. Protection, education, and upliftment of the girl-child.
- 7. Work towards eradication of dowry system.
- 8. Organize seminars, workshops and meetings.
- 9. Does research work on issues concerning women.
- 10. Recognises the achievements of women by conferring awards.
- 11. Promotes the ideals of the United Nations concerning women.
Institute of South Asian Women
Prem Ahluwalia has been actively involved with the women movement in India for over four decades and now in the SAARC Region also. She is the Director of Institute of South Asian Women (ISAW). A non-profit, non-government organisation based in New Delhi. ISAW was established in 2012 and focuses on the SAARC Region, while its membership and activities are worldwide. ISAW works for the common issues affecting women and the girl-child in the SAARC countries, viz. Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Prem is also the founder member and National General Secretary of Mahila Dakshata Samiti (MDS). MDS was founded along with Dr. Sushila Nayyar, former Minister and freedom fighter, Pramila Dandavate M.P., and Suman Krishan Kant, wife of Late Vice President of India in 1977. MDS zealously works for Women Empowerment. She is also the Deputy Secretary General of Pacific Area Travel Writers Association (PATWA). PATWA is a leading travel writer’s organization with membership from all over the world. She has organized several seminars, meetings and rallies in India and abroad on women issues.
She has been honoured with several awards for her contribution to the women's movement, the landmarks being the 'Hall of Fame : Lifetime Contribution Award' conferred to her on International Women's Day in Berlin, Germany in 2012, the 'Exceptional Woman of Excellence' Award conferred to her by the Women Economic Forum (WEF) in 2018 and the award for 'Excellence In The Area Of Women Empowerment & Societal Development' by Foundation for MSDGs & MSME on International Women's Day at Hotel Ashok, New Delhi in 2019. Besides, she has received several awards from Mahila Dakshata Samiti for her work and contribution for women empowerment.
By profession she is a journalist. She is the Associate Editor of Young India, national political news weekly, and the Editor of Safari India, a leading travel magazine. The website for Safari India is www.safariindia.com.
She is the author of India's first coffee table book on women 'India’s Most Powerful Women' published in 2016. The then President of India, Pranab Mukherjee received the book at high tea hosted by him at Rashtrapati Bhawan, New Delhi at the time of release of the book in India. The International release was done by Dr. Taleb Rifai, Secretary General of United Nations WTO in Berlin on International Women’s Day. The book got rave reviews in the media both in India and abroad.
Widely travelled in India and abroad, she has attended several international conferences worldwide in the Americas, Europe, Middle East, South Asia, South East Asia, New Zealand and the Fiji Islands.
Prem is also an artist and enjoys painting with oil and acrylic. Her paintings can be viewed at www.artprema.com.