World asked to take notice of women’s plight
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