Kashmiri women seek inclusiveness, equity and justice

Women should prioritize their respective growth goals while overcoming obstacles to achieving their goals.

Only then can women recognize their true potential and make their voices heard in society, said Nighat Khan, director of London-based New Vision for Women, while speaking to a group of women from all walks of life. various gathered on the same floor. to share their life experiences, perceptions, opinions, achievements, struggles and passions during a capacity building workshop held in Rawalakot Azad Jammu Kashmir on Sunday.

Furthermore, they also discussed the steps and strategies that need to be implemented to overcome the challenges they face because the existing status quo does not meet their need for gender equality.

According to data from March 2022, women have only three quarters of the legal rights guaranteed to men in the world, she lamented.

Nighat Khan highlighted the emerging global opportunities for women and suggested improving their skills and lobbying for their participation in political and peace processes within communities. She suggested that women create learning opportunities and support each other so that their voice in society is heard and valued. “Only a woman can understand a woman’s pain and only she can bring change to another woman’s life,” she said.

A participant shared her view that the lack of representation of women in decision-making processes is not due to the fact that women are unqualified or unqualified, but rather due to a lack of desire for inclusion. She said the conflict in Kashmir, deteriorating human rights conditions in Indian-controlled Kashmir and worsening India-Pakistan relations are destroying the region.

Women, considered the marginalized section of the male-dominated society, can now claim their role as they do their best to create a sanctioned space for themselves where they can show the best of their abilities.

The Center for Peace, Development and Reform (CPDR), a civil society research and training organization, has brought together women from different backgrounds and experiences to reflect on various aspects of women’s lives, the challenges they face and the ways and means to improve their participation in decision-making, conflict resolution and mediation processes at local and regional level.

Fatima Khan was of the opinion that women had equal human rights and that no authority could deny these rights. Further, she expressed concern that there are no institutions in Azad Jammu and Kashmir that focus on building women’s capacities, their role in decision-making and decision-making process. peace as mediators.

According to Eman Hassan, women grow up in a society where their presence is undermined and established narratives subconsciously control their lives. Therefore, the role of women, predetermined by men, is the real challenge they face in today’s world.

Kashmiri women are only able to perform wonders if they have better learning and growth opportunities. Despite limited career opportunities in Azad Kashmir, they still use the best of their talents to make a difference in the world around them, says Shabana Kiyani.

Hooria Khan said, “If we don’t educate our women today, society as a whole will be blamed for a rotten, ignorant and stubborn generation because an educated woman raises an educated child. If we want to see a better society, we must invest in women’s education, capacity building and the creation of gainful employment for them”. end/app/ahr

Elna M. Lemons