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Founding meeting in Kathmandu, Nepal in 2011.  

In August 2011, Patricia Cooper sent me an email asking if she could chat with me about a women’s peace network. Having been part of early Track Two initiatives in the 1990s, I was immediately intrigued and Pat did no...

For several years, we have been using “the most dangerous places for women” to describe India, Pakistan and Afghanistan, despite the fact that the 2011 Thomson Reuters Foundation poll  that coined the phrase was far from flawless. Our continued use of the poll mainly s...

Hakim Yasir Abbas is a passionate law professor from Kashmir. As a critic of orthodox teaching methodologies, which he believes have hindered the development of legal thought in India, he encourages creativity and dialogue in the classroom. Currently, he is an Assistan...

Braving physical danger and risks on many sides, Nighat Shafi Pandit works with rural communities in violence-scarred Jammu and Kashmir. HELP Foundation, an organization she founded, strives to address the pain and trauma of people caught up in the decades long conflic...

 Community Conversation in India, 2012

This October marks the 17th anniversary of UN Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325. After the long journey of women experiencing conflict and feminist peace activists, the international comminuty affirmed the important role of...

May 24, 2017

On 1 April dairy farmer Pehlu Khan, his two sons, and a couple of local boys were attending a cattle fair in the Indian state of Rajasthan. The men bought five cows at the fair and were carrying receipts of purchase. However, on their seven hour drive back to the villa...

May 3, 2017

War has devastating consequences on a country and the wounds it leaves behind take generations to heal. For more than four decades, the women of Afghanistan have borne witness to the horrendous aftermath of armed conflict and violence. A direct consequence of the protr...