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People forced from their homes amid conflict—the majority of them women—face threats of deprivation, discrimination and a militarized society. During a forum hosted by the U.S. Institute of Peace and  the Women’s Regional Network, speakers discussed possible model solutions in Afghanistan, India and Pakistan for displaced women and girls.

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Photo Courtesy of Flickr/Humphrey King

The study, conducted by the Women’s Regional Network, suggested the use of regional tribunals and “community conversations” as possible mechanisms for exploring women’s experiences, fears and contributions, and for strengthening their often unrecognized contributions to justice, peace and social reintegration.

The researchers and other experts on the panel explored the humanitarian impact on internally displaced women, the obligations of states under national and international human rights law to protect them and the findings outlined in the network’s study. The meeting was a part of USIP’s Lessons Learned Working Group on Gender Programming.

Panelists

Kathleen Kuehnast, Welcoming Remarks
Senior Gender Advisor, USIP

Patricia Cooper Welcoming Remarks
Founder and Convener, Women’s Regional Network

Panel One: Humanitarian Impacts of Displacement

Rita Manchanda
Research Director, South Asia Forum for Human Rights (SAFHR); WRN Tribunal Preparatory Committee Member

Joan Timoney
Senior Director of Advocacy and External Relations, Women’s Refugee Commission

Kristen Cordell
Senior Advisor, Bureau for Policy, Planning and Learning, U.S. Agency for International Development

Stephenie Foster, Moderator
Senior Advisor and Counselor to the Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues, U.S. Department of State

Panel Two: Legal Perspectives on the Way Forward

Rukhshanda Naz
Former Head, UN Women Pakistan (KP-FATA); Executive Director, Legal Aid, Awareness Services (LAAS); WRN Tribunal Preparatory Committee Member

Clare Lockhart
Director and Co-Founder, Institute for State Effectiveness

Belquis Ahmadi
Senior Program Officer, Asia Center, USIP

Najla Ayubi, Moderator
Former Deputy Country Representative, Asia Foundation, Afghanistan; WRN Board/Tribunal Preparatory Committee Member

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