‘Women Reduced To Objects For Fulfilling National Interests’

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SRINAGAR: The Kashmir Centre for Social and Developmental Studies (KCSDS) and Kashmir University (KU) Tuesday jointly organised a ‘Round Table Conference’ on the eve of International Women’s Day.

The conference according to the statement issued to KNS was aimed to highlight the “Challenges to Women’s Socio- Economic Empowerment in Kashmir”.

The discussion was prefaced with an introduction by Prof Hameedah Nayeem on the priorities before the UN Commission on the “Status of Women”.

“Out of 12 draft conclusions, she spelt out three which are most important in the Kashmir context namely reaffirmation of its commitment to CEDAW (Convention on the Elimination of all forms of discrimination against women), SDG 5 targets (Sustainable development goals)- namely; end all forms of violence against all women and girls in private and public spheres and its recognition that structural barriers to women’s economic empowerment can be compounded by multiple and intersecting forms of inequalities and that these are exacerbated in conflict and post conflict situations,” the statement reads.

She said, “we need to refer to these because they provide international framework and a comprehensive set of measures for realising the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by all women and girls throughout their life cycle.”

“Violence in Kashmir is not only endemic as elsewhere but deliberately perpetrated by the state agencies to keep women in line,” the statement reads.

She said that whereas women are taking great strides in different parts of the world and have a reason to celebrate today, here “we could only mourn the objectification of women.”

“Instead of taking strides towards wholesome selfhood they have been reduced to objects for fulfilling ‘national interests’ by the dominant state. They are killed, raped, abducted, molested, battered and bruised and now blinded to create an army of dead eyes by the ‘security agencies to inflict humiliation defeat and darkness on the entire community,” she added.

The statement reads, “on this day we invoke the conscience of the Indians in particular to stop their state from heinous crimes against women and compel her to end the political stalemate by resolving it for the greater good of all parties to the dispute.”

According to the statement, Justice Bashir Kirmani made a comprehensive presentation on the theme.

He dwelt at length on how our culture is derived from Islam but Muslims have deviated from the core vision of Islam that gives a complete independent selfhood to women which no other system gives them.

“Those systems reduce women to a class along with other deprived sections of society and seek their empowerment only through that way. But Islam is the lone system in the world that recognizes her complete individuality,” the statement added

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