Regional Women Network amplifies voices of displaced women

Islamabad: The Women’s Regional Network (Afghanistan, Pakistan and India) while launching the report “Women in Conflict: Voices for Equality” on displaced women from FATA using the “Community Conversations”- as a tool to reach out to conflict affected women particularly the Internally displaced people (IDP) women from North and South Waziristan residing in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The report is written by eminent women’s rights Activist and lawyer Rukhshanda Naz, the statement reads.

According to the statement the report based on community conversations highlights the concerns of Women IDPs and their perspectives on issues of militarisation, security, peace and justice. The report focuses on the strategies and solutions of women and their role as peacemakers rebuilding their families and communities. The recommendations of the report are aimed to highlight the concerns of women to the forefront, and thus be used as a tool for researcher, civil society and humanitarian organisations working for the underprivileged women folk falling in the conflict zones to build relationships with state actors to better address the needs of displaced women.

The report says, “In today’s violent conflicts, the forcibly displaced — refugees, asylum seekers and the internally displaced — are the most visible and vulnerable face of the civilians in war. The conflict landscape is dominated by the forcibly displaced, especially internally displaced persons (IDPs), pushing upwards 38 million people in 2015, compared to barely two million in 1982. In South Asia, at the end of 2014 there were at least 4.1 million IDPs, a spike of 1.8million from the previous year and increasing. Pakistan accounted for 48% of the region’s displaced population, Afghanistan and India a fifth each (South Asia Ref World 2015). Confronted with enormous challenges and ongoing problem of forced displacement across the region, militarization, shrinking democratic accountability and the failure of states to fulfill obligations to own displaced citizens.”

The core purpose of WRN is to strengthen the voices of unheard, marginalized women, and together address the interlinked issues of peace and security, justice and governance in South Asia. To this end, WRN connects women peace advocates, committed to working collectively within and across the borders in an open, respectful and learning environment.

This report has been launched as part of a larger series of reports happening across India, Pakistan and Afghanistan mainly across the entire Pakistan.

The report launching was attended by Diplomats, media and civil society members and people from different walks of life.

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