Between 19 and 23 July, 2019 CGDS Director Dr. Choman Hardi took part in a Women in Conflict 1325 Fellowship Programme focusing on the arts as a peacebuilding tool. The fellowship was organized by Beyond Borders Scotland and funded by the Scottish government. The fellowship program included a private meeting with the First Minister of Scotland, Ms Nicola Sturgeon who is a fierce supporter of women’s rights and activism in conflict zones. Other activities included exploring the role of the arts as a truth telling vehicles in post-conflict societies to build understanding and empathy.
This is the second time Dr. Hardi takes part in this program. In 2016 she was amongst the first group of women who were the recipients of the fellowship which focused on the role of women in the prevention and resolution of conflict, and their participation in promoting peace and security.