PAKISTAN: Women Politicians Receive Training on Peacebuilding

Sunday, January 13, 2013
Pakistan Today
Southern Asia
PeaceWomen Consolidated Themes: 
Reconstruction and Peacebuilding

A two-day training workshop for women politicians on “Leadership, peace-building, advocacy and effective media messaging skills”, organized by PAIMAN Alumni Trust in collaboration with Search for Common Ground-Pakistan (SFCG) concluded on Saturday.

Delegates hailing from diverse national and regional political parties, including the PPP, MQM, PML-Q and ANP were fairly represented by their MPAs who attended the workshop after coming from Balochistan, Sindh and Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa.

The knowledge communicated to the participants is expected to help them in identification and seizure of opportunities besides the synergistic use of resources.

The training was conducted under the project of “Strengthening women parliamentarians in Pakistan for effective government” and was aimed at equipping the participants with collaborative approaches to problem solving. New skills were imparted to participating women leaders to help them in coalition and consensus building for effective policymaking and governance.

Addressing the participants, SFCG Country Director Ammara Durrani said, “Empowering Pakistan's women leaders can transform them into agents of change”.

Participants of the workshop were of the view that women politicians must go through a series of transformational leadership workshops in order to come at par with their male colleagues. The participants hoped that similar initiatives would improve women's decision making power in the parliament and will help them gain recognition for their constituents.