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Farkhanda Chaudhry

30 September 2005
I have worked in the voluntary sector for over 20 years, and have experience of youth work, work in poverty and deprivation and race equality development at local, national and European level. I recently began working within a local authority setting in Scotland, and am based in the Glasgow region. My current focus is on wider equality development in the context of mainstreaming, as well as the development of structures to engage communities of interest (in particular gender and disability groups) within a Public Authority setting.

I am studying for a postgraduate degree on Equality and Discrimination and believe that, to benefit from all the experience and skills which come with the diversity of the UK, we must achieve equity and recognition of difference and the value of such difference.

I have been a board and management committee member of a number of voluntary agencies such as the Scottish Interfaith Council. I am a Commissioner with the Women’s National Commission, and in this capacity am currently the Chair of the Muslim Women's Network. I have been heavily involved in a recent campaign organised by a group of activists called the Muslim Women Talk campaign.

I have been to Iraq as a Gender Advisor and am now supporting Iraqi women coming to the UK to develop their skills and understanding of civic and political engagement.

I would like to discuss the capacity of women to be involved in and take a leading role in peace efforts across the world and how development support recognises, supports or encourages these efforts. Related topics would include war and women, women targeted in military actions, rape and so on.

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