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Meet Gulalai Ismail: the woman standing up against violent extremism


In a place where lives are shattered by violence and militants rule the streets, one woman took it upon herself to stand up for women’s rights and challenge the power of the Taliban. Flying from her home in Pakistan to talk first-hand about her experiences, hear Gulalai Ismail speak in Oxford on Wednesday 19 April, 5pm.

  • Published

    29 March 2017
  • Written by

    Leah Davison

In today’s world where headlines about intolerance and violence dominate the news, we need to support those risking their lives to stand up to violent extremism.

Gulalai Ismail is one of these courageous people. At the age of 16 she co-founded award winning organisation Aware Girls which runs targeted workshops aimed at training young people in conflict resolution, non-violence and countering violent extremism in Pakistan.

A champion of women’s rights who has spoken at the UN and won prestigious awards for her work as a peace activist, Gulalai is doing monumental things to make her community in Pakistan a better place.

On 19 April Gulalai is taking the time from her busy schedule as a world renowned peace activist to share with us her vision for an equal and peaceful world, and reveal how she is fighting to achieve it.

You can meet Gulalai and hear her speak about her work first-hand. From empowering women in Taliban controlled areas to tackling the root causes of violence Gulalai will discuss how and why women and young people play an integral role in this.

Supporting people like Gulalai who work in their local communities is a credible and important non-violent approach to tackling violent extremism, a point recently made by the Global Terrorism Index. The impact is powerful. Join us at the event and find out how.


Event details:

Date:  Wednesday 19 April

Venue: Meeting Room, Oxford Quaker House,43 St Giles, Oxford, OX1 3LW

Starts: 5:00pm

Ends: 6:30pm

Free to attend but please register online via Eventbrite.

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This free event is being held in collaboration with Aware Girls and is supported by the Oxford University Pakistan Society.



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