Our host, Jenni Prisk, interviews Khurshid Bano, an activist and leader in her native Pakistan where she fights for the rights of women in a deeply conservative province of her country where gender-based violence and discrimination of women can be all too commonplace.
Excerpts from Interview
“I’m a survivor of a forced marriage.”
“I’m the first lady in my family to go to school.”
“The majority of men want peace.”
Biography of Khurshid Bano
Khurshid is the founder of the women-led organization Da Hawwa Lur (Daughter of Eve) in the conflict-affected region of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. She challenges religious intolerance and violent extremist groups by promoting interfaith peacebuilding and women’s rights. The founder of the first women’s union in KP, Khurshid champions women’s rights to live and work free from sexual and gender-based harassment, violence and discrimination.
The interview takes place at the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies (IPJ) at the University of San Diego while Khurshid was in residence as a Women PeaceMaker in the Institute for Peace and Justice (IPJ).
More About The IPJ Women PeaceMakers Program
Since 2003, the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice (IPJ) at the University of San Diego has welcomed four women peacemakers each year from around the world.
The women reside at the University of San Diego Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies for two months and share their stories which are documented by four Peace Writers. While the women are in residence, “they have opportunities to exchange ideas and approaches to peacemaking and justice, which helps increase their capacity to participate in conflict resolution and peace building efforts.”