Born on 15 August 1962 Diep Saeeda is a Lahore based activist who has been working consistently on issues of human rights, women’s rights and democracy, and has been ferociously fighting against patriarchy, feudalism and communalism in an atmosphere of religious bigotry and everyday violence.
Diep Saeeda founded the mission of the Institute for Peace and Secular Studies (IPSS) whose aim is to use nonviolent struggle for the attainment of a peaceful society.
She believes that peace is achievable only if all citizens, irrespective of their religion, gender & ethnicity are equal in the eyes and functioning of the State.
Saeeda considers poverty, inequality, illiteracy, intolerance and greed as the main reasons behind war, terrorism & extremism.
Equal rights, responsibilities and opportunities for all citizens are the only guarantee for a peaceful society, which is not possible without a secular state, she says when asked what can be the way forward.
Diep Saeeda is the light and beacon of hope towards the attainment of true democracy based on human rights who deserves to be saluted for her outstanding and exemplary courage.
Such is her determination to honour those who stood up for justice, that Saeeda canvassed to rename a road in Lahore after Shahid Bhagat Singh in 2012, who was martyred in the fight for Independence in Lahore in the year 1931. The campaign was successful.
Saaeda continues to be a symbol and glaring star of humanism, justice, equality, true progressive values and social justice. The Harmony Foundation joins with all peace loving people in the world to salute someone who has devoted her life for human rights work.