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Role of women in democracy and peace building highlighted

posted Sep 22, 2011, 4:32 AM by Zafar Iqbal   [ updated Sep 22, 2011, 4:33 AM by PFP Admin ]

Bagh, Azad Jammu and Kashmir: September 21, 2011:

A seminar was organized by Press For Peace (PFP) and Save the Future (STF) -two sister organizations which work for the promotion of peace and awareness and protection about of human rights of in the region.

Prominent among the speakers were Prof. Khaliqe ,Chairman Social United Forum, Asif Naeem, Miss Fardous Majeed, Miss Fozia Ishaq, Akthar Adovcate, Majid Afsar, Sardar Shahid and others.

Addressing the seminar titled ‘Peace and Women political rights’, speakers highlighted the need of role of women in conflict resolution and promotion of democracy.

Rights of the women have been denied in the societies which struggle for peace, however, without women empowerment these disputes could not be resolved, they added.

They speakers demanded more representation for women in parliamentary bodies, decent facilities for women in health, education and other sectors. 

Highlighting the reasons of less women participation in democratic process it was observed that inequalities in education, training and resources, psychological and traditional barriers, gender stereotypes were major obstacles which need to be addressed by collective efforts.

It was also demanded to resolve the world disputes, including Kashmir conflict, by peaceful negotiations and participants expressed solidarity with the people who are struggling for their basic rights and peace in different parts of the world.