A consultative session was held at Jinnah Institute Islamabad on December 29th 2020, between Afghan and Pakistani women activists from remote areas, to convene and share their lived experiences of violence and conflict, and their subsequent stories of success in overcoming obstacles to emerge as actors of positive change in their local communities.
Six women from the Northwest tribal districts of Pakistan joined the consultation in Islamabad, while two groups of eight women religious scholars and from remote area was organized at AWPFO office Kabul and another four women joined from EPD office from Kabul via Zoom. The day’s proceedings were convened over two sessions, and were moderated by Senior Program Manager Jinnah Institute, Meera Nadeem. The first session began with all participants sharing their cross-border experiences and challenges of living in conflict zones, and success stories of particular challenges they overcame. The aim of this opening session was to identify the commonalities and differences in lived experiences that would further help set the tone for ensuing discussions, on ways forward to mutually benefit the groups of women in their grass root efforts towards peace-building, and conflict and violence free societies for women.