Women in Conflict Zones: Exploring their Roles in Terrorism and Peacebuilding Initiatives in Northwestern Pakistan

  • Maria Mansab Research Office, School of Politics and International Relations, Quaid I Azam University Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Punjab, Pakistan
Keywords: Peacebuilding, Militanc, Terrorism, Gender Responsive Approach, Newly Merged Districts

Abstract

Women's potential contributions to peacebuilding efforts have gained recognition at the national, regional, and global levels in recent years. Given the ongoing disproportionate impact of violence on women in the most severely impacted conflict areas, international development efforts have prioritized the identification of crucial concerns related to peace, security, and women. The women living in the newly merged districts (NMDs) of Pakistan have continually taken a prominent role in the effort to establish peace and security in the region. The increasing infringement of women's rights in the tribal belt has allowed terrorists to exploit the deep-seated hostility, thereby becoming a significant threat to the regional government's authority. The NMDs offer numerous opportunities to comprehend the suffering that women who were subject to instability throughout the conflict experienced. Pakistan's security strategy and efforts to combat violent extremism do not adequately take into account female considerations. To ensure the protection and enhance the involvement of individuals in public matters, additional legal, political, and economic reforms are required. The inquiry on the involvement of women in peacebuilding in Pakistan highlights the need for the government to prioritize policy measures that incorporate gender perspectives while also improving the effectiveness of existing initiatives. This paper will also address women's involvement in peacebuilding and combating violent extremism in the light of Hadith and Quranic verses.

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Published
2024-06-08
How to Cite
Maria Mansab. (2024). Women in Conflict Zones: Exploring their Roles in Terrorism and Peacebuilding Initiatives in Northwestern Pakistan. AL-QAWĀRĪR, 5(3), 1-19. Retrieved from https://journal.al-qawarir.com/index.php/alqawarir/article/view/319