For Nabila, a young woman from the Peshawar province of northern Pakistan, “religious teaching is at odds with modern education”.
In her community, the Taliban hold great influence, meaning that girls educated above primary level are few and far between. This, according to Nabila, is because the Taliban promote ''a cultural idea that educating girls spoils the mind,” and due to education in Peshawar being “led by Mullahs,” who many fear to challenge as “they could give you Fatwa.”
Despite the constant threat of violence and persecution, Nabila has begun to attend training sessions with Aware Girls - a local organisation partnered with Peace Direct – who are teaching her and other young people how to promote peace, tolerance, and women's rights in Pakistan.
“I am young and there are other young boys and girls who are trained. We speak for our rights and the right of other young girls. We challenge the teaching of the Mullahs, that way it may take many years, but we can change the attitude.”
Your support creates opportunities for people like Nabila to develop their skills and contribute to health, safety, and peace in their communities. With your support, we can provide training to more young women like Nabila, and help them practice peace and enable others to embrace peace within their communities. Like Nabila, every individual who benefits from this program can have an exponential impact and inspire others to find alternatives to violent extremism.