World asked to take no­tice of women’s plight

Pakistan Observer - - KASHMIR -

GENEVA—Speak­ers at a sem­i­nar, while plead­ing for restora­tion of all fun­da­men­tal free­doms of Kash­miri peo­ple, have ap­pealed to the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity to take no­tice of the pre­vail­ing sit­u­a­tion in the ter­ri­tory.

The sem­i­nar was held on chal­lenges faced by Kash­mir women on the side­lines of the on­go­ing UNHRC ses­sion. The event was or­ga­nized by In­ter­na­tional Mus­lim Women’s Union and WURN.

A dis­tin­guished panel of ex­perts spoke on the subject. The panel con­sisted of Pro­fes­sor Alferd de Zyas, In­de­pen­dent ex­pert on pro­mo­tion of in­ter­na­tional or­derm, Dr Iqtedar Cheema, Di­rec­tor In­sti­tute of Lead­er­ship and Man­age­ment UK, Anuradha Bhasin, Ex­ec­u­tive Edi­tor Kash­mir Times, Shamim Shawl, rep­re­sen­ta­tive In­ter­na­tional Mus­lim Women Union, Lois A. Her­man Women UN re­port net­work.

Wurn Co­or­di­na­tor, Zam­rooda Habib…Kash­mir hu­man rights de­fender and Sa­dia Mir Wurn Wurn EU gen­der pol­icy spe­cial­ist, Shugufta Ashraf, lec­turer, Kash­mir Univer­sity.Pro­fes­sor Al­fred de Zyas, speak­ing on the occasion, re­ferred to the suf­fer­ings of women in a con­flict sit­u­a­tion.

The chal­lenges of Kash­miri women for se­cu­rity, rights and peace are also sim­i­lar. It was im­por­tant to co­or­di­nate with dif­fer­ent NGOs and groups for build­ing an ef­fec­tive voice for con­flict res­o­lu­tion through self de­ter­mi­na­tion.

Dr Cheema said that women in con­flict zones are pun­ished be­cause they are deemed as the prized hon­our of the so­ci­ety. In­dia is try­ing to kill the will of the peo­ple of Kash­mir by humiliating their women.

Kash­mir has a le­gal and po­lit­i­cal di­men­sion. In­dia is not ac­knowl­edg­ing the ground re­al­ity. It is not re­spond­ing to the voice of the peo­ple of Jammu and Kash­mir. “We will con­tinue to raise our con­cern till this South Asian quag­mire is ad­dressed ac­cord­ing to the as­pi­ra­tions of the peo­ple”, he added.—KMS

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