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25. Oktober 2010

Arshi S. Hashmi und Mossarat Qadem © FoG

Arshi S. Hashmi and Mossarat Qadim from Pakistan

Political Conflict Resolution Starts at Home! Men and Women join forces across the Divide

A dialogue project between India and Pakistan

The conflict between India and Pakistan has been smoldering since the end of British colonial rule in the year 1947. Negotiations and peace agreements will only be successful if strategies and programs are translated into understandable and concretely realizable programs within civil society.

In cooperation with partners in India and Pakistan, Women without Borders began a dialogue project in July 2010 with women from both countries. The goal is to offer participants the opportunity, accompanied by experts, to practice conflict resolution and dialogue within a small circle. Within the framework of this project, getting to know the “other side” across cultural and religious boundaries will be facilitated, while an exchange on the personal level will be accelerated. In regular meetings, the foundations for a further interaction between Indian and Pakistani women should be laid, in order to reduce tensions and deconstruct prejudices.

The project will be supported by the Austrian Ministry for Work, Social and Consumer protection (Bundesministerium für Arbeit, Soziales und Konsumentenschutz), and by the Austrian Federal Chancellery (Bundeskanzleramt)/Austrian Ministry for Women and Public Service (Bundesministerin für Frauen und Öffentlichen Dienst).


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