Impact of partnership or the project
In the first stage of this project, women who have prior experience in conflict resolution, done heroic jobs and talked directly to the Taliban for their family and friends, and women who are not literate but still well-respected and influencers in their local areas be it at family or a provincial level were identified through surveys. A database of women peacebuilders, who exist but weren’t recognized before was created. Now, we will be investing in these women by giving them multiple workshops and training on different topics especially related to peace, conflict resolution, negotiation/mediation, and awareness-raising sessions on their rights from the Islamic point of view and constitution.
Besides, they will be creating their own networks with other alike women in provinces we aren’t working but will be invited to meetings by these women and will share their knowledge and understanding from workshops given to them and identifying and tackling problems together by exchanging ideas and finding a common solution. They will feel more confident once they have completed and taken all workshops, which will not just increase their capacity building but the results of workshops and their voices being shared with peace ambassador’s office, peace councils, EU, World Bank, and other relevant stakeholders will increase their hope in peace. Finally, these women who are responsible for taking care and nurturing the next generations will also be building a culture of peace by their meaningful contribution to the development of new models of peacebuilding.
• Conducting provincial workshops in all 8 provinces. This will be a 2 days’ workshop and 50 women will be trained on conflict resolution based on the manual developed. They will be asked to actively participate through Q & A sessions, group work, and role-plays. These workshops will be delivered in 3 rounds one after another. During these workshops, the performance of participants will be evaluated by master trainers and only 5 most active women will be selected for our final workshop in Kabul.
• After the completion of 1st round of workshops, the database will be finalized and shared with partners and stakeholders including the Afghan government.
• Developing a peace brief for national-level networking general meeting. Women peacebuilders at the community and provincial level will be asked to form networks through which they can connect to women in other provinces and form an alliance with the purpose of active engagement in conflict resolution and peace process and its sustainability. The network will be managed by a group of women who are involved in networking activities. It is at their discretion whether they select someone as their leader or work it out as a group of decision-makers. At least five women from each province will be invited to the networking general meeting.