WHO WE ARE
We are a group of adolescents and women who came together in 2012 to address the growing sense of alienation and othering that we experienced.
WHAT WE DO
We challenge the stereotype of the voiceless Muslim woman.
We claim the right to resources denied to minorities and women.
We build bridges of friendship among communities hostile to each other.
We speak against hate.
We speak for kindness, for empathy, for love.
We believe if we were able to reach out to each other, beyond the boundaries of religion, race, ethnicity, caste, sexuality, and gender, we will be able to build bonds of empathy in place of hostility and a more humane and peaceful world.
CREATING INCLUSIVE CITIES
Reclaim Public Spaces
Parcham engages with issues of exclusion of women from public spaces by claiming these spaces. We 'visibilize' our presence whilst engaging with the government towards creating inclusive cities. We choose to practice in open grounds so as to create a new norm of young girls' presence in public spaces.
ENGAGEMENT WITH YOUTH
Sports For Peace
Our football program was initiated to bring together Muslim and non-Muslim girls together in one team to help build trust and friendships. The football training is interspersed with perspective building in line with our vision statement
RESEARCH AND PUBLICATIONS
We create awareness of the pluralism and diversity in the country
Parcham's annual publications are an attempt to create awareness of the pluralism and diversity in the country. We document erased and forgotten histories to counter false narratives aimed at creating animosity. We believe in the need for evidence based advocacy to further our vision of a just society
"Tere maathe pe ye aachal khub hai lekin,
Tu iss aachal ka ek parcham bana leti toh accha tha"