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13. Oktober 2010

Mossarat Qadeem © Frauen ohne Grenzen

Mossarat Qadeem, Executive Director of PAIMAN Trust 

Invitation-Women SAVE Pakistan

Empowering Women to Sensitize and Mobilize Against Extremism

The Austrian Ambassador, Dr. Emil Brix
and Dr. Edit Schlaffer, Women without Borders/SAVE

request the pleasure of your company for a presentation and conversation with

Mossarat Qadeem,
Executive Director of the PAIMAN Alumni Trust in Pakistan

Women SAVE Pakistan:
Empowering Women to Sensitize and Mobilize Against Extremism

followed by a drinks reception on Thursday, 21 October 2010, at 06:30 p.m.

18 Belgrave Square
London SW1

RSVP: Tel. 020-7344-3281
E-Mail: jutta.alloway@bmeia.gv.at

Pakistan faces tremendous political and social challenges, and the international community is struggling with how to respond to the catastrophe. It’s all about politics…but is it? The civil society has been fundamentally rocked by the floods, burgeoning extremist groups, and economic distress, but talks and strategies that are implemented at the highest levels have little impact on the everyday lives of those truly affected. It has been proven over and over again that women bear a disproportionate burden of the crisis. At the same time their close proximity to the issues signifies that they are ideally positioned as architects for change.

Mothers, especially, can reach out to disenfranchised youth and provide support and alternatives to the allure of extremist activities. Youth must recognize their potential to act as changemakers at both the grassroots and at the highest levels, and strive to build bridges between divergent religious, cultural, political, and socio-economic groups.

These bridges will create the necessary emotional breakthrough to start a meaningful dialogue for action. This is not about ‘us’ and ‘them;’ this is about us.

Ms. Qadeem has reached out to over 12, 000 people across Khyber Pukhtunkhwa and FATA to form women’s and youth groups to build their capacities in conflict transformation, peacebuilding and leadership. She has consulted for the Brookings Institute, UNDP, Ford Foundation, Pakistan’s Ministry of Women and Development, the UN Development Programme, and the World Bank, and is an internationally acclaimed author and documentary producer.

Women without Borders is an international research-based advocacy organization around the globe and is headquartered in Vienna, Austria. Women without Borders launched the global SAVE (Sisters Against Violent Extremism) campaign, the world’s first female counter-terrorism platform. SAVE provides women with the tools for critical debate to challenge extremist thinking and to develop alternative strategies for combating the ideologies of violent extremism.

 
 

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