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Sumera Qureshi ! an inspiration for women

Aziz Malik
MUZAFFARABAD
Sumera Qureshi is a leading lawyer of the High Court of Azad Jammu & Kashmir.She is also a social activist running a NGO named AJK Crisis Management Organization (CMO). She works hard for the well being of the humanity especially women,youth and children.
In an interview to daily lead Pakistan Islamabad with Aziz Malik bureau chief Muzaffarabad. She said, I am MA LLB and enrolled as a lawyer. I got my Women Extensionist Diploma from Extension Services Management Academy (ESMA). She added I started working as human rights activist especially focusing women rights. I worked for the implementation of Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) in Azad Jammu & Kashmir. I was part of the team of ASR Resource Center which prepared the CEDAW shadow report for United Nations on women rights situation. I have been notified by the Govt. of Azad Jammu & Kashmir as a member of the CEDAW implementation Committee to ensure the effective implementation and monitoring of the obligations on the part of the Govt of AJK on CEDAW Convention. Children are special focus of my work, for the purpose, I have been notified by the Govt. of AJK as a member of District Coordination Council for the child rights, I represented the State of Azad Jammu & Kashmir in the Beijing + Conference. On the basis of my contribution I have been included in delegations to visit aboard in seminars and workshops. I went Philippines on a research visit to elaborate the role of women and gender in conflicts. I was part of another delegation which recently visited the occupied Kashmir on Cross LOC Civil Society Dialogue, Evaluating Strengthening Cross LOC Confidence Building Measure’s (CBMs) in resolving the Kashmir issue and evolving ramifications, my work and contribution is also highlighted through article in the media of occupied Kashmir. I proposed to strengthen the CBMs and connecting the people of both the sides of Jammu & Kashmir which is available at the link below
During the devastating earthquake of 8th October 2005, although I was amongst the victims of disaster but I served the humanity and got a unique practical experience also. On the basis of my work, UNHCR appointed me as a Chairperson of the overall women committees of 144 tent villages of IDPs.
I have chosen a unique trend to work for women through involving women in sports Youth & Culture activities to provide a healthy activity and atmosphere to the girls at one hand, and, giving them confidence and strength on the other so that they may become an active part of family and society. I have been the selector and manager of under-19 and senior women cricket teams of Azad Kashmir for the events of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). I remained attach with International Labor Organization (ILO) & AJK Small Industries Corporation for the rights of labour especially women domestic workers and child labour.
I belong to Azad Kashmir and have close concern with the Kashmir conflict. I believe and work on the idea that any issue of the world can be settled in a peaceful way. Violation, war and conflicts can only give cry and pain. Bullet and bomb cannot differentiate amongst guilty and innocent, it never gives flowers in response. I educate the community and especially women that through the pressure groups of civil society peace can be managed in the world. Any dispute from domestic to border conflict can be dealt and addressed through motivation, negotiations and dialogue. We have many other fields to fight for the betterment of humanity; we have no time to waste it in conflict or violation. Answering to a question about present situation between India and Pakistam on Kashmir issue, she said, I pay special tribute to the Pakistan air force, army and Navy the way they respond and defended the country. we stand shoulder by shoulder with the Pakistan armed forces, we are ready to sacrify to defrnd ourhomeland I strongly condemd the killing of innocent people of accupied Jammu & Kashmir and fully support their struggle for the fredom of their homeland. I must say to the super powers of the world and the world at large that they should realize the realities & basic rights of the people of Jammu & Kashmir, they should play positive role in solving Kashmir issue and should ask the United Nations to solve the Kashmir issue according to the resulotions passed by itself in 1948. It is burning issue for the peace of the world. Region and the world cannot afford a war between two atomic powers India and Pakistan which can destroy the peace of the world and especially the subcontinent.



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