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Cross-border conversations

The networks women create

SOME FIFTEEN YEARS ago, a group of Pakistani women embarked on an experimental journey that was to become a template for many others to follow. Boarding a bus with their passports and visas in hand, fifty of them set off for India – a mere hour away from Lahore, where they had begun their journey.

Across the border, groups of Indian women waited to receive them with flowers and garlands, tea and sweets. In India, they travelled to different places, stayed in the homes of Indian families, met all kinds of people and spoke at public events.

In itself this is unremarkable – for what is so strange about a group of women from one country travelling to another, neighbouring country? But given that India and Pakistan see each other as ‘enemies’ and generally spew venom at each other, this was a journey with a difference. The women’s idea was to intervene where governments... Read more

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