ISLAMABAD – A regional peace conference will be held on April 18 by PAIMAN Alumni Trust in the federal capital.The objectives of the conference are to provide a platform for a discourse on root causes of extremism, its impact on women and youth and ways of engaging mothers and youth in moderating extremism in Pakistan.The conference aims to share the findings of the survey carried out by PAIMAN’s team with four categories of respondents in three districts of Khyber Pukhtunkhwa and one agency of Federally Administered Tribal Area (FATA).The report will make the basis of PAIMAN’s intervention in the aforementioned areas. The survey explores the role of mothers in addressing violent extremism as well their role in the processes of both radicalisation and de-radicalisation, and the tools do they need to expand their ability to intervene. The conference would also bring voices from other countries to share women’s role in peace building globally. The event is designed to hold a public discourse on the impact of violent extremism on women and youth in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FATA, besides enabling affected women and youth to share their experiences, challenges, and sufferings. The women and youth will get an opportunity to express themselves through a variety of ways. This opportunity will be used to develop an alliance of women and youth activists and women organizations to work together for strengthening the culture of tolerance, peace and social cohesion in Pakistan. Giving details of the conference Brig(r) Shafqat Mehmood said, “The plight of women, despite being the worst victims has had little attention with scant opportunity to share their experiences, leaving aside the amelioration of their sufferings and grievances,” adding, “the youth has also been at a particular disadvantage since it is quite evident that extremist organizations have been able to exploit latent activist energies in youth quite easily.”  He said PAIMAN believes that it is extremely important to engage mothers in the process of spreading the message of peace and tolerance among the society due to the fact that mothers are central to transmitting statewide preventative measures to the individual level. The event will be attended by officials from diplomatic community, bureaucrats, renowned journalists and people from civil society.