Event: Talk: Tackling extremism and violence in Pakistan: the role of young people and women.
Speaker: Gulalai Ismail (Founder, Aware Girls).
Venue: Quaker Meeting House, 7 Victoria Terrace, Edinburgh, EH1 2JL.
Date: Tuesday 13 September 2016.
Event Description: an opportunity to hear from acclaimed human rights and peace activist Gulalai Ismail about her attempts to tackle extremism and empower women in Pakistan. Gulalai Ismail with her sister, Saba, founded the organisation 'Aware Girls' in Pakistan when she was just 16 years old in an effort to empower women in regions influenced by the Taliban. Soon they began to build a network of peace activists across the region to tackle the rise of extremism in many poor rural communities. Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala participated in one of Aware Girls' early training programmes. Her work is increasingly recognised internationally, and she is in the UK to share her experiences.
Last year, with the support of international NGO Peace Direct, Gulalai and her team helped over 1,300 young people in Pakistan to challenge extremism. Despite threats against her own life, Gulalai next plans to expand her work into neighbouring Afghanistan. A winner of the 2009 Youth Action Net Fellowship, the 2014 International Humanist Award and the 2015 Commonwealth Youth Award for Asia, Gulalai was named as one of Foreign Policy’s Global Thinkers in 2013 and has been featured by the BBC, Guardian, Huffington Post and more.
Organised in association with Edinburgh International Centre for Spirituality and Peace, EICSP, Scottish Charity, SC038996.
Cost: Free to attend (but places need to be reserved via http://tackling-extremism-pakistan.eventbrite.co.uk).