Qurrat-ul-Ain was born in Srinagar, India in 1947. She is a Kashmiri writer and political commentator and a Member of Women in Security Conflict Management and ‘Peace’s Athwaas program.
Athwaas means ‘a warm greeting or handshake’ in Kashmiri and the program comprises a group of Muslim, Hindu and Sikh Kashmiri women who nourish peace constituencies and who explore possibilities for a just peace through a range of activities including active listening, trauma counseling, conflict transformation workshops, articulation of the concerns of women to policymakers and government interlocutors and initiation of programs that facilitate economic empowerment and political awareness.
This initiative was formed in response to the express request by some of the Kashmiri participants – including Qurrat-ul-Ain – at a roundtable discussion titled Breaking the Silence-Women and Kashmir in December 2000 to form a group who could visit each other’s realities, record women’s voices, build bridges of trust and reconciliation.
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