A day-long convention on the ‘Democratic Rights of Kashmiri Women’ will be organized by the Centre for Policy Analysis (CPA), a Delhi based non-government organization at Kashmir University.
The centre is planning to bring leading women organizations to Srinagar for the convention which will be held on October 30 at the Gandhi Bhawan. A spokesman of CPA in a statement said, “Our centre has launched an initiative to create awareness in New Delhi and other parts of India about the problems of Jammu and Kashmir. The intention is to create a level playing field for a just and peaceful resolution of the Kashmir problem in the larger context by addressing the more specific concerns of the people.”
The Centre for Policy Analysis is a group that claims to have been questioning the government apathy and indifference to what it believes is urgent and important issues. This year, CPA brought 60 students to Srinagar for a conference on the rights of the Kashmiri youth to ensure that the younger generation in New Delhi and other states are made aware of the trauma and difficulties of being a young person in the Valley.
According to the spokesperson, “This has worked to a point where the students and young activists, who visited Srinagar, many for the first time, returned to establish email contacts with their new friends and set up a group to counter any harassment of young Kashmiris working and studying in New Delhi to begin with.”
The spokesman also said that the group has also formed a coordination committee of the youth. “In the second half of the year, our centre has been focusing on the problems facing Kashmiri women from security forces, enforced disappearances, rape and trauma. We undertook the process to bring in women’s organizations on the same platform and organized and held a very successful public meeting on the Democratic Rights of Kashmiri Women.”