Women peace conference to curb terrorism

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The National Women’s Peace Conference will be held on January 10 to highlight the role of women in managing situations of terror and resolving conflict as powerful actors The conference organised by the Paiman Alumni Trust in collaboration with the UN-Women, will help promote women’s rights activists, grass-roots organisations and researchers, in addressing the root causes of violent extremism. Special Assistant to Prime Minister Shahnaz Wazir Ali will be chief guest on the occasion while National Assembly Deputy Speaker Faisal Karim Kundi will preside over the conference. The conference aims to advocate the importance of women’s role in creating a culture of social cohesion and peace, said a representative of Paiman Trust. It would also focus on gender inequality, mainstreaming gender in disaster relief policies and programmes to strengthen and expand the process of non-violence, peace, justice and equality. He said this mission will be accomplished through three strategies: shaping the conversation, spotlighting and recognition of women’s role in moderating extremism. The representative said women are affected most in all crises and disasters but have always been ignored in the post crises’ rehabilitation, reintegration, peace building planning, programs and projects. He said preventing conflict, negotiating peace, and governing effectively to reduce extremism and crises, cannot be successful in the long-term without women’s participation. He said when women got involved they played a vital role in averting violence, resolving conflict, and help rebuilding their societies.