Women Forge Peace along the Kyrgyz and Tajik Border
Even though this is a relatively new border, it is an open border where people easily maintain connections. I have heard border people the world over express these same sentiments: “We are very close friends,” says Avezova. “When I need something, be it advice or some salt, the first person I run to is Aisha (Bubuaisha). We share our joys and sorrows; we go to each other’s parties; we take care of each other’s children.”
So when difficulties between the Tajik and Kyrgyz started, these two women knew something needed to change: “Together, they developed 13 recommendations and 10 joint cross-border cooperation plans that were presented to local authorities and UN agencies working in the region.”
This is one lucky border area. Lucky because when resources are contested personal relationships and established cross boundary communication, leadership and support all came together to rebuild trust and networks to resolve current and future issues. Thanks to UN Women for sharing this inspiring example of cross-border life at its best.