Zanaan Wanaan (ZW) is an independent feminist collective based in Kashmir.
Zanaan Wanaan are Kashmiri words for ‘women speak.’ ZW engages in feminist activism on the ground, produces independent scholarship, supports creative work, and works towards strengthening the women’s movement in Kashmir. Our advocacy work is focused on bringing international attention to women’s human rights and the crisis in Kashmir. ZW’s action-research based approach is rooted in the commitment to upholding principles of peace, equality, and justice.
We also work on building transnational feminist solidarities, forging alliances and creating cross-movement conversations.
Areas of focus:
Producing independent scholarship
Engaging in feminist activism and advocacy
Promoting civil discourse
Encouraging critical inquiry
Supporting and platforming Kashmiri women cultural practitioners
Fostering creative expression
What We Do:
ZW is a cross-section of art, academia, media and activism.
Our work facilitates, amplifies and advocates for women’s involvement in socio-political discourse. We publish original works in the annual issues in the ZW Journal. These issues are thematic collections of works by Kashmiri women from diverse backgrounds in the form of academic articles, narrative essays, investigative reports, auto-ethnographic accounts, interviews, artworks, photo-essays, video stories, and more.
We are a network of women on ground and across the world working collaboratively on interdisciplinary projects ranging from gender based violence, peace and security, climate crisis, public health, and so on.
Our advocacy work is concerned with ending oppression and demanding accountability of human rights violations in areas affected by humanitarian crises and militarised conflicts.
ZW is focussed on women and youth-led activist action through critical initiatives required to build and sustain social change. We support/produce creative and artistic expression for civic action and information dissemination.
In addition to this, we conduct capacity-building workshops, film-screenings, provide skill-based training programmes and also introductory courses on research and methodologies to young women as a part of our grassroots collective action.
If your head is full of ideas, write to us. We seek your nuanced thoughts as well as reluctant propositions.
Please note that while there are no strict guidelines for submission, however, we encourage critical works that address substantive decolonial and feminist questions, debates and controversies without employing disciplinary or academic jargon.
We encourage pitches from Kashmiri women first and foremost. We want to build an environment of facilitating various forms of expression among Kashmiri women. Therefore, if you need support to build on an idea, we will provide whatever help we can in our capacity. However, we want to clarify that we will not publish or encourage any materials that go against our editorial policy.