Malaviya Centre for Peace Research,
Faculty of Social Sciences, Banaras Hindu University
Men make war, women make peace is a cliché from last many decades. Whole of South Asia region has been a cauldron of conflicts. Women have been engaged in not only border conflicts but conflicts pertaining to each and every dimension of modern life. This key note address was delivered by Prof. Meghna Guhathakurta, Executive Director of Research Initiatives, Bangladesh. The two day International Conference on “Women, Conflict and Peace Processes in South Asia” organized by UNESCO Chair for Peace & Intercultural Understanding, Malaviya Centre for Peace Research, BHU was opened this morning where Meghna’s deliberation was based on “Return, Citizenship and Justice in the Eyes of Rohingya Refugee Women”.
Prof. Gunhild Hoogensen, Professor, Critical Peace and Conflict Studies, Arctic University of Norway interacted with Professor Priyankar Upadhyaya, UNESCO chair holder at BHU. Human security, state security, peace, conflict and its different dimensions were elaborately discussed by them. The interaction focused upon the work done by Copenhagen peace accord in the field of conflict and sustainable peace.
Prof. Swati Parashar, Associate professor at University of Gothenburg, Sweden in her special lecture explained the need to reclaim the idea of ‘women’ in discourses. She endorsed local knowledge in regional context and encouraged the need of decolonized curriculums.
The inaugural session was chaired and presided by the Dean of social sciences Prof. R.P. Pathak. The central theme of the programme was elucidated by former Dean of Social Sciences Prof. Anjoo Sharan Upadhyaya. Different sessions of the programme were chaired by Prof. Chandra Kala Tripathi (MMV), Prof. Sonali Singh, Dr. Manoj Mishra, Dr. Prashant Kumar and UNESCO chair Professor and coordinator Malaviya Centre for Peace Reseearch Prof. Priyankar Upadhyaya. Dr. Manoj Mishra welcomed all the guests and participants. Participants and scholars from different institutions and universities presented their research paper.