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.
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.
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
Research Director, South Asia Forum for Human Rights (SAFHR); WRN Tribunal Preparatory Committee Member
Senior Director of Advocacy and External Relations, Women’s Refugee Commission
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
Former Head, UN Women Pakistan (KP-FATA); Executive Director, Legal Aid, Awareness Services (LAAS); WRN Tribunal Preparatory Committee Member
Director and Co-Founder, Institute for State Effectiveness
Senior Program Officer, Asia Center, USIP
Najla Ayubi, Moderator
Former Deputy Country Representative, Asia Foundation, Afghanistan; WRN Board/Tribunal Preparatory Committee Member