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An Artivist

Meet Nish from Nepal. Nish uses art and creativity to support peace building and togetherness.

The Real Stories of Peace: An Artivist.

Meet Nish from Nepal. Nish uses art and creativity to support peace building and togetherness.

Portrait of person staring directly down the lens of a camera. Quote written on the image "My whole life is defined by conflict and peace, because I have lived my whole life in conflict and I strive for peace."

From a young age he witnessed ethnic, caste and class-based discrimination in his country.

After the earthquake in 2015, Nepal faced an economic and humanitarian crisis cause by a severe shortage of food, fuel, medicines, and vaccines. A political protest divided the country and led to more than 600 incidents of violence. Hundreds of people lost their lives.

Nishchhal wanted to change things. Which is why he became a local peacebuilder. To help prevent further polarisation and conflict in Nepal.

Nish founded Freedom Studio: A pro-democracy, youth-led initiative supporting marginalised young people.

“I created Freedom Studio to function as a network that strategically and creatively supports civic expression and peaceful mobilisation."

Through trainings, Nish has helped hundreds of young people. Engaging marginalised and oppressed communities to use creative and non-violent techniques to demand justice and ensure their rights.

“I am confident that such efforts will [increase] their status within society and challenge unjust social norms and practices.”

For Nish, peace starts with creative spaces where everyone can express themselves.

Lida sitting on a chair looking into the camera.

"Women make up half of the population, but are excluded from formal peace negotiations. That makes no sense"

"Women make up half of the population, but are excluded from formal peace negotiations. That makes no sense"

"I am full of hope that the conflict will be resolved and that we will live in peace."

"I am full of hope that the conflict will be resolved and that we will live in peace."