DIALOGUE FORUM

THE PEACEBUILDING PROJECT

Role of Youth in Peacebuilding

Each year the International Day of Peace is observed on 21st September and the United Nations declared this day devoted to strengthen the ideals of peace. Our first dialogue of the Forum – ‘Role of Youth in Peacebuilding’ was a collaboration between The Peacebuilding Project and Confederation of Young Leaders Assam under the UN75 Initiative. This year, we decided to celebrate this day by engaging in two sessions, with Ms. Tarana Faroqi, Program Director of The Peacebuilding Project India Chapter and Mr. Subhrangshu Pratim Sarmah, Masters Student in JNU and an expert in the policy arena. 

Ms. Tarana spoke about what ‘Peacebuilding’ means, it’s relevance in this world, and how the youth can engage in Peacebuilding in their day to day lives. Mr. Subhrangshu apprised of the situation of Northeast India in relation to peace and conflict and the complexities of the region – its politics, culture and disturbances.

Farm Bills 2020: Policy Outlook and Human Rights perspective

The three agricultural bills passed by the Parliament have caused a huge uproar in the country. The Farm Bills 2020 and its implications on the farmers has been subject to widespread debate that weighs in on the efficacy of its claims. As the citizens of this country, it is our responsibility to take due cognisance, and educate ourselves on the nuances of the law. Let’s deliberate different perspectives to understand and dissect the law.

‘The Peacebuilding Project’ in collaboration with ‘Confederation of Young Leaders Assam (CYL)’ held a dialogue on the ‘Farm Bills 2020: Policy Outlook and Human Rights Perspective’ on 22nd October , as a part of its initiative under UN75 Consultations. This was an attempt under the Dialogue Initiative of UN75 to widen the scope of conversation around public policies and its humanitarian implications.

 

Caste & gender violence: Hathras and Beyond

Gender and caste violence are hugely prominent in the country that we live in today. We as the privileged section of the same society ought be a part of the dialogue to abolish the same, to listen to stories of those affected by these heinous doings and seek justice for them. On the 28th November the Peacebulding Project held a virtual dialogue on the Gender and Caste Violence with Ms. Manjula Pradeep, a lawyer, and a human rights activist defending the rights of Dalit women who actively fights for their rights and seeks justice for the discrimination that they are subjected too.

Certain practices or names may have been banned but the negative attitudes of the topic of discussion are still there in our minds. The abuse and discrimination faced by the victims of the two vulnerable categories, i.e. gender and caste, are still prevalent in our society. Women experience multiple levels of discrimination and exploitation, much of which is barbaric, degrading, violent and totally inhumane. The power play of patriarchy saturates every area of the Indian society and gives rise to a variety of discriminatory practices. It is a major cause of exploitation and abuse of women, with a great deal of sexual violence being perpetrated by men in positions of power.