ISLAMABAD: Women are most vulnerable victims in conflicts and should be considered as centre of human security to esorm policies to safeguard their security.
“The basic notion is that women be taken as equal citizens regardless of their religion and ethnicity especially in conflict areas”, said Khawar Mumtaz, Chairperson, National Commission on the Status of Women (NCSW).
Addressing Regional conference on `Education and Human Security Framework in Afghanistan and Pakistan’ she said women are used as tools and forced to carry suicide jackets, weapons and send messages putting their security at stake.
Even in normal circumstances they have to face economic pressures and asked to come out and join economic activity to run household expenditure.
The conference was organized by SAP, Pakistan, a non-government organization.
Khawar Mumtaz said discrimination with women is same in culture of Pakistan and Afghanistan.
She said its time when both the countries work to build a counter narrative for addressing the issues of militancy and extremism, it is recommended that delegations of women parliamentarians be exchanged between them to establish a mutual way forward.
She further said regular meetings of professionals from both the countries be conducted to share their challenges and work collectively to sort out issues.
Their should be contacts between women organizations of both the countries as the challenges faced by them are mostly common and need to be addressed jointly.
Khawar further stated that women should be mobilized for peace efforts in both the countries, adding that it was practiced in Swat and proved successful with positive results.
Saima Jasam, a researcher on peace and human security issues sharing her views on the occasion said there is dire need to promote peace journalism between both the countries.
She said there must be code of conduct for media professionals and one found involved in disseminating hate speech be fined heavily.
She further said drastic changes in madrassas be done on priority and in the subject of Islamiat more emphasis should be on humanity.
Saima added that ideological reforms are also urgently needed and until and unless reforms are not taken in mindset it would be difficult to address the current issues of the society.
Senior Research Fellow Dr. Abid Qaiyum Suleri sharing her remarks on the occasion said individual security, national security, regional security and global security are our key concerns.
He stated that Pakistan and Afghanistan share a large common border and unfortunately 45 percent of opium produced in Afghanistan is transported through Pakistan which creates security issues.
Other speakers at the conference opined that political cooperation between states should be enhanced.
They said current education system of both the countries needs urgent reconstruction while other key issues of strategic cooperation and border management should be on their top agenda.