Power-Packed Women’s Group Off To M’Abad To Talk Kashmir

Srinagar, Nov 05: In the first such trip from this side, an all-woman delegation from Jammu and Kashmir left for Muzaffarabad on Monday over the Peace Bus to hold deliberations on the Kashmir issue with counterparts across the LoC.

The trip, under the Azad Jammu and Kashmir Women For Peace Organisation (AJKWPO), picks up the threads from similar all-woman intra-Kashmir confabs held in Srinagar and Gulmarg in 2007 and 2011.

Scheduled from November 5 to 7, the latest conference will focus on different aspects of the Kashmir issue, with delegates from this side also holding meetings with key political leaders, academics and activists in Muzaffarabad, sources said.

The trip for the J and K participants has been arranged by the New Delhi-based Centre for Dialogue and Reconciliation (CDR) whose executive director, Shobha Bharve, has already arrived in the PaK capital.

The ten-member delegation from the state includes the chairman of HOPE, Nighat Shafi Pandit, the former principal of the Government Women’s College at Maulana Azad Road, Prof Nuzhat Andrabi, Prof T Jolden, Qurat-ul-Ain, Prof Iffat Yasmeen, Prof Ravinderjeet Kaur, Prof Rekha Chaudhary, Prof Yasmin Ashai, Alwara Puri and Ayesha Saleem.

Describing the latest conference as a continuation of the 2007 and 2011 initiatives, the chief executive director of the AJKWPO, Nayyara Malik, said that Kashmiri women had suffered untold excesses which had left them deeply traumatized.

The conference will host around 50 delegates from both sides of Kashmir and the Gilgit-Baltistan region, she said, adding that it would also devise a joint strategy for protection of women on both sides of the divide. Observer News Service

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