'From this distance I may be able to see what peace might look like for others, but will I ever be able to feel it too?' *
About four years ago Maryam Bibi, the founder of Khwendo Kor, which means 'Sisters' Home' and Nighat Khurshid, one of the International Coordinators of Creators of Peace, sat in the same forum of tribal voices to advocate for a peaceful environment for the women of the remote tribal areas of Pakistan. Little did they know that one day this collaboration will translate into a mission to empower women.
In their individual capacities both Nighat and Maryam Bibi have witnessed that women in Pakistan whether they reside in urban areas or remote villages all desire to change their communities into peace. There is a need to look beyond this 'ambience’ of desire through inner 'transformation' which also epitomizes Creators of Peace circles.
The first ever Creators of Peace programme in Pakistan is planned to start between July-August this year. Two Creators of Peace facilitators from Nepal will visit and run two Peace Circles: one in Peshawar, one in Islamabad. More than 20 women will benefit initially as participants. Following that, after a few weeks, selected women will undergo training themselves to facilitate future Creators of Peace Circles in local communities.
Nighat and Maryam Bibi have both had the privilege of closely interacting with Creators of Peace women living in different countries. They have both appreciated these interactions which have provided them with a window to view how peace circles will be effective in transforming and engaging women from a variety of backgrounds to help create peace in their own region.
Our local partners have already offered to provide a training venue, accommodation and outreach support. We are looking for matching funds to pay travel for our facilitators and training materials. We need to raise a total of $2,500. That is just $100 per woman participating to receive a life-transforming experience that will help equip her to be a peace creator in her own community.
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* Translation from part a Pashto communication with a tribal woman who had recently lost her only son to war.