South peace talks 'should involve women', Thailand

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South peace talks 'should involve women', Thailand

International donors and state authorities need to stop merely supporting charitable activities for Malayu Muslim women in the deep South and start properly engaging them in the peace dialogue, it has been claimed.

Panellists at the launch of the "Strengthening the Role of Women Peacemakers" report argued that women's voices are being overlooked amid attempts to tackle insurgency in the region.

Shadia Marhaban, trainer and women's rights activist, said national and international donors should shy away from funding projects that support so-called "feminine" activities such as making handicrafts, but rather initiate training schemes that empower women to address political and social issues.

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