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Aurat Foundation organized a three-day workshop for Women Peace architects (WPAs) , Islamabad


Aurat Foundation organized a three-day workshop for Women Peace architects (WPAs)

Aurat Foundation organized a three-day workshop for Women Peace architects (WPAs) so that they can effectively participate in the peacebuilding process and increase their knowledge and skills making them capable to collaborate with government and civil society stakeholders. The training workshop was organized on 23-25 January 2023. The participants of the training were from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab, and Islamabad. Overall, thirty-one (31) were participants.

The main objective of this training workshop was to train the women peace architects (WPAs) to enhance their skills and knowledge regarding national laws and policies for the promotion of peace and enhance their capacities in peacebuilding processes at the local to national level. She apricated AF efforts and said that She Peacebuilder will build the capacity of women peace architects to enhance their role in peacebuilding and counter violent extremism in Pakistan.

Addressing the closing ceremony of the workshop, Dr. Maria Effendi, Assistant Professor, of Peace and Conflict Studies, at National Defence University said that women's equal participation in decision-making has been recognized in all walks of life. All government and nongovernment organizations affirmed the important role of women in the prevention and resolution of conflicts and emphasized the importance of their equal participation and full involvement. She also said that Women's inclusion in peacebuilding processes is essential for long-term success and prosper communities.

Dr. Riffat Haque, Assistant Professor of the Peace & Conflict Studies Department said that Systematic and representative inclusion of women in a broad range of peace and security issues is not only important to ensure a successful negotiation, but also for ensuring that women's interests are being addressed. She acknowledged the AF efforts for women's empowerment in Pakistan. She emphasized that there is a need to increase coordination and collaboration among women peace architects, government and civil society stakeholders, and cultural influencers in responding to violent extremism and conflict and promoting peace.

Naeem Ahmed Mirza, Executive Director of Aurat Foundation said that through Aurat Foundation programming we strengthen the skills and expertise of communities and civil society in peacebuilding; gender, peace, and security; justice sector reform. Peace begins from home and individual small actions. She said that the AF program ‘She Peacebuilder' is a unique initiative to build the capacities of women community leaders.