Intra-Kashmir womenís conference ends
18 November 2007
The Daily Excelsior
Srinagar: A three-day Intra-Kashmir womenís conference concluded here today during which more than 50 women from both sides of the Line of Control (LoC) discussed the possibilities of finding a common ground for giving a push to ongoing peace efforts. The conference, connecting women across the LoC, was organised by the New Delhi-based Centre for Dialogue and Reconciliation (CDR) in collaboration with the Womenís Studies Centres of Jammu and Kashmir Universities. As many as 17 women activists from Pakistan and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) participated in the three-day conference inaugurated by Planning Commission member Syeda Saiyidain Hameed here on Friday. The visiting delegation comprised Dr Naseema Jogezai, who is also a member of Pakistanís Kashmir Committee. The participants called for widening the scope of Confidence-Building Measures (CBMs) on both sides of the LoC and emphasised that dialogue was a must to resolve all the issues, including the contentious and long-festering Kashmir problem. They also called for easing travel restrictions across the LoC and urged the women from both sides to come together on one platform and play a positive role in the ongoing peace process.