Building Back Better: Women Peace Activists Offering Governments a Helping Hand

From the Women’s Alliance for Security Leadership partners, the success stories of two women, one from Uganda and one from Syria, prove that with persistence and resilience, obstacles can be removed.

Online and On the Ground, Afghan Women are Empowered by Global Feminism

Afghan women have created a network of volunteering feminists from all layers of society, and a silent awakening in the history of Afghan feminism is ongoing

Radicalizing Basra: Fatima Al-Bahadly Was Celebrating a New Dawn in Iraq on Valentine’s Day

Social media in Iraq was awash with aggressive language against the “infidels” and their “sinful” celebrations on the eve of Valentine’s Day. But in Basra, Fatima Al-Bahadly was getting ready to celebrate love and peace.

Peace Heroes: Mobina Jaffer is Canada’s Women, Peace and Security Champion

Canadian Senator Mobina Jaffer’s life and career capture the spirit and essence of International Women’s Day. We talked to her about her experiences as a female envoy and mediator and her persistent struggle to ensure women’s participation in peace-making.

Peace Heroes: Rodolfo Domínguez Márquez Fights Femicide with Accountability in Mexico

Every 24 hours, seven women are murdered in Mexico; the nation ranks 16th in femicide incidences. Rodolfo Domínguez Márquez is a leading figure in the fight to demand accountability on this crisis.

These Pakistani Women Are Cutting Off Extremists’ Resources—One Thread at a Time

Mossarat Qadeem and the Tolana Mothers convinced a dozen women to stop stitching suicide jackets for extremist groups.

Peace Heroes: How Hamsatu Allamin Changed Boko Haram to Boko Halal

“Nobody else was doing anything, so I said, this is a period where someone has to engage with them. This mad circle of violence has to be stopped. I started my work.”

Peace Heroes: Ahlem Nasraoui Fights Terrorism in Tunisia with Entrepreneurship

Tunisia ranks among the highest per capita exporters of extremists in the world. Ahlem Nasraoui believes youth bear the torchlight for change.

Peace Heroes: Pakistani Activist Mossarat Qadeem Responds to Donald Trump

President Donald Trump has accused Pakistan of providing “safe havens to terrorist organizations.” But Pakistani peace practitioners like Mossarat Qadeem have been putting their blood, sweat and tears into doing the exact opposite.

Faiza Dhocob is Fighting Terror in Somalia in the Face of Destruction

A ground-shaking terror attack that destroyed hotels, government offices and restaurants left the office of Witness Somalia—an organization aiming to help war-torn Somali society pursue peaceful pathways, free from violence, through empowering women and youth—completely destroyed.

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