Nabila – a young Peshawari woman – feels that “religious teaching is at odds with modern education” in Northern Pakistan.
This is because the Taliban holds great influence over her community, and argue ''that educating girls spoils the mind”. As such, Peshwari girls educated above primary level are few and far between, and many live in perpetual fear of their local Mullahs as “they could give you Fatwa.”
Despite the constant threat of violence and persecution however, Nabila has begun to attend training sessions with Aware Girls - a local organisation partnered with Peace Direct – who are teaching her and other young Pakistanis how to promote peace, tolerance, and women's rights in their communities.
“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 helps to create opportunities for young people like Nabila by developing their skills and contributing towards the health, safety, and peacefulness of Peshwari communities.
With your support, we can provide training to more young people like Nabila, and in doing so help them find alternatives to extremism and build peace within their communities.