If and when signed, a peace agreement will be an important step towards sustainable peace. Sustainability will require trust and support from ordinary Afghan citizens and their commitment to building peaceful communities. All over Afghanistan, across political and ethnic divides, there are victims of war, living with family loss and physical injuries, and lacking support and recognition. With no plan to hold war criminals accountable, might the wounds and divisions of war heal? In the absence of an inclusive, broad-based peace process, can peace and reconciliation take place at the local level?
This session will explore what peace looks like from the perspective of afghan citizens: women and men from different ethnic groups, living in rural and urban areas. Despite multiple challenges of poverty, insecurity, lack of trust and basic rights, there are local initiatives that bring people together and bridge divides. The panel will explore such initiatives and the experiences of those involved. It will feature Afghan peace activists working both in Kabul and in locations such as Badakhshan, Faryab and Ghazni. They will share from experience and reflect on potentials of peace from below and how Afghan communities can reconcile. The session is designed to be participatory. The audience can direct questions to the panelists who will respond during the Q&A section of the event.
Hadi Marafat, Executive Director of the Afghan Center for Memory and Dialogue
Jamila Afghani, Executive Director of Medica Afghanistan, and president of the Afghan section of the International Women’s League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF)
Abdul Ghafar, Head of the Norwegian Afghanistan Committee’s (NAC) Regional Office in Ghazni City.
Wahida Ghorob, Head of the Norwegian Afghanistan Committee’s (NAC), provincial office in Faryab
Ehsanullah Zahir, Head of Programs for the Norwegian Afghanistan Committee’s (NAC) at the north-eastern regional office in Badakhshan
Khadija Safi, Senior Health Officer with the Norwegian Afghanistan Committee (NAC) in Kabul
Bashir Shoor, Head of Rural Development Programs for Norwegian Afghanistan Committee’s (NAC) in Kabul
Norunn Grande, Acting Director of the Nansen Center for Peace and Dialogue (NCPD)
Ibrahim Sakhi Afridi, Co-founder of Together We Build It – Norway
Terje Magnussønn Watterdal, Country Director for the Norwegian Afghanistan Committee (NAC)