EFCA initiated in 2012 the “Women’s Peace Banks” (WPB) project to promote women’s role in local peacebuilding initiatives in Osh and Jalal-Abad cities, following the June 2010 inter-ethnic violence. EFCA established 16 WPBs to select and fund small-scale community-based inter-ethnic reconciliation initiatives, designed and implemented by local residents. The WPBs’ participants will attend a school of conflict mediation to strengthen conflict mitigation skills. A series of forums will enable WPBs participants to share best practices and enhance cooperation between WPBs and local authorities.
At the beginning we felt that the chairwoman of our territorial council “Sputnik” is underestimating our ability to handle the activities. But having observed our activities and our enthusiastic approach to what we were doing she changed her mind and now she offered her help and assistance in coordinating the implementation of small projects together with the residents.
Maya Bagysheva, a member of Womens PeaceBanks from Jalal-Abad