Lebanon’s prison cells are home to many extremists. Nancy Yammout and her sister, Maya, decided to reach out to them and see if they could be convinced to move away from their radical and violent pasts.
Renowned documentary filmmaker Deeya Khan is recognized as a leader in the entertainment industry and on the human rights and peace-building scene. She spoke to Ms. about her work, her vision and what she’s learned about extremism by confronting it face-to-face.
In 2012, Dr. Fatima Akilu was appointed to run Nigeria’s first official counter-extremism program in the wake of Boko Haram’s grip on the nation—and integrated de-radicalization and prevention programs across the prison and education systems.
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.
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.
Mossarat Qadeem and the Tolana Mothers convinced a dozen women to stop stitching suicide jackets for extremist groups.
“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.”
Tunisia ranks among the highest per capita exporters of extremists in the world. Ahlem Nasraoui believes youth bear the torchlight for change.
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.
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.