Kokrajhar, June 11: A two-day training programme on peace initiatives began here today with the objective of encouraging women from the violence-affected areas of the Bodoland Territorial Areas District to work for peace.
The programme has been organised by Peace Counts on Tour project in association with Women Peace Committees of Indo-Global Social Service Society (IGSSS)-NE and supported by Berghof Foundation (Germany).
Karishma Sharma, programme officer, IGSSS-NE, said they would train women volunteers from conflict zones to direct their focus and action on working for peace. "The participants of the training programme get to know a variety of peace educational methods," she said.
She said the participants were from violence-affected villages and adjacent areas and most of them were members of local women's peace committees working in the area.
"They are motivated and qualified to work in their own contexts. They will carry out peace education workshops in their areas among the communities," she said.
Leban Serto, consultant, adviser, Peacebuilding, IGSSS-NE, said Peace Counts on Tour was a unique project. "One of the important means is to learn how others are working for peace in their own situations. The struggle and effort people put in for peace building is worth learning and inculcating in our own situations," he said.
Earlier, Netaji Basumatary, senior manager, Indo-Global Social Service Society (IGSSS) inaugurated the programme by lighting a lamp and sharing stories on peace-building. Nearly 30 women from different communities like Bodos, Santhalis and Muslims participated in the training programme.