| Aug 22, 2017
Promoting peace and inclusivity in Peshawar
Young women receiving training from Aware Girls
Saira is a young woman from Peshawar. As a young, disabled girl, Saira was not born into a position of privilege or power. But this hasn’t stopped her building peace where she lives, and helping stop the spread of violent extremism.
Living in Peshawar, Saira saw first hand the impact of young people fighting, and dying, in the name of violent extremism. She decided to do something about it, and use the experiences of others to try and build a solution.
She started reaching out to families who have become the direct victims of terrorist attacks, such as those who had lost family members in terrorist attacks, or whose children had been recruited by the Taliban. Saira encouraged the families to speak about their experiences, and rather than speak bitterly about their experiences, instead help them to promote alternative narratives.
These focused around helping people chose an alternative to violent extremism, so that no more families have to experience the horror of losing a family member. She also encouraged them to speak out about women’s role in building peace, and its importance.
Two women from the families that Saira has reached out to have now joined her to continue her efforts. Together, they are making a database of families who have been victims of terrorist attacks to work with them on inclusive peacebuilding.
Your support makes it possible for people like Saira to learn about the importance of tolerance, women in peacebuilding, and other key issues. With your support we can provide training to more young people like Saira, and help them build peace in their communities, one person at a time.