WISCOMP brought together 40 academicians, policy makers, civil society and grassroots activists for a one-day Consultative Dialogue titled, ‘Echoes and Resonances: Critical Challenges for Youth and Peace Building in Kashmir’ on 23 March 2017. The dialogue was organized as part of WISCOMP’s Hum Kadam Education for Peace Project and was co-convened by Dr. Shweta Singh, Assistant Professor, Department of International Relations, Faculty of Social Sciences, South Asian University and WISCOMP.
The dialogue focused on the possibilities of engaging with youth for peacebuilding in the region. Some of the important questions raised included: How to bring forth young voices from Kashmir and acknowledge their lived experiences? How youth positively respond and trascendto the existing cycles of violence while living it in these contexts? How does this violence impact young men and women differently? If so, how do we bring to the fore herstory and how does it change the understanding of victimhood and agency? How do we move forward in ways that provide alternative spaces for constructive relationship building and just peace? How does education, art and other creative mediums become an alternative space for resistance, expression and peacebuilding in Kashmir?
The dialogue brought on the table the opportunities and challenges for youth and peacebuilding in Kashmir, and the possibilities to address it.