World-Pulse: A Digital orchestration
The suffering of women in Kashmir is symbolic of the suffering of women worldwide. Perhaps, the last two decades of conflict have deeply wounded and subjugated our minds.
Fortunately, my personal vision synchronizes all other voices in my community with an outlook for a safer and an empowered world at large.
Besides, the direct damage, collateral damage is being neglected as the trauma is so deep that people have somehow forgot to live the normal life as they end up in saying, “Can there be any life without any Conflict. Without any harassment, midnight knocks, killings, gunshots, mass graves, without impunity to military and without any disappearances, rapes and custodial killings.”
I believe there is an immediate need to acknowledge the role played by women in the society over the last 20 years of conflict and to address the marginalization of their rights. The fact is that there is a tendency among all Kashmiris, who all have suffered both directly as well as indirectly to connect every issue, howsoever different, with the conflict. So this ‘powerlessness of women’ needs to be addressed.
It is unfortunate that in our patriarchal society, woman has not been recognized as sovereign individual self as they are asked to confront men and imitate them in the matters in every matter. But, more than the conservative one, the problems faced by women has its political roots, as an economically weaker society is becoming a major impediment for the women empowerment.
I fail to understand why is there is a need to impersonate men as women have their own importance and role.
Recently a conference of Intra-Kashmir Women’s conference, titled, Women’s Roles in Society: Issues of Mutual Concern”, was held in Kashmir to sought an end to lingering conflict in the state. The solutions for peace, security, and economic stability to prevail throughout the region and an immediate end to the protracted conflict were discussed. Also, the inclusion of women in all peace-building and peace negotiations on Kashmir was given prime focus.
What interested me is that some of the core issues like “Women’s Roles in Peace-building, Policy-making and Socio-economic and Legal Issues in Women’s Empowerment were deliberated in the two-day long meet, organised by the Centre for Dialogue and Reconciliation (CDR), New Delhi, and the Women for Peace, Srinagar.
Women in Kashmir have suffered worst in their capacity as mothers, sisters, daughters and wives owing to the perpetual strife. No matter even if whatsoever ambitions are to be sacrificed, women in conservative valley have made up their minds to make “Empowerment as a powerful tool to withstand against all odds”.
I want that process should continue wherein more and more women should feel empowered and break all the shackles of marginalization to be a part of peace negotiations, political processes to resolve the long-pending Kashmir conflict which is the key of all problems.
In the political domain, I think the issues that matters to all the women stakeholders in Kashmir -Strengthening of the State Commission for Women, Implementation of the Domestic Violence Act and an end to the atrocities against women.
By becoming a voice of World-pulse, I want to write and spread the education on the various issues like gender budgeting, allocation of resources across sectors, women’s access to micro-financing schemes, effective implementation of wage policy for women, imparting of vocational and skills training for women and provision of marketing facilities for small entrepreneurs and more importantly attention to women’s health issues, especially maternal health, infant mortality and mental health.
Pulse wire can facilitate my access to explore the ways of empowering my people on a worldwide platform with discourses on issues like -33 per cent quota for women in the Assembly, Councils, and local bodies on both sides of the Line of Control, adequate women’s representation in departments dealing with gender issues, representation of women in strengthening of autonomous and independent State institutions to monitor and report gender-based issues.
By gathering input from worldwide, I want to work and chase my vision through various online activities for a discussion and solution-orientation, cutting all barriers with a live interactive powerful community to benefit my community by people with similar experiences with self-empowering and soul-healing tools.