Peace Heroes


Mossarat Qadeem, Pakistan

We spoke to Mossarat Qadeem, Executive Director of PAIMAN Trust, about Trump’s threat to cut financial aid from Pakistan, and about her own work.

Sureya Roble, Kenya

  Originally published as part of the Peace Heroes series on Ms Magazine Photos of dark skinned men, sometimes even boys, in military uniform holding big guns repeatedly emerge in the media. It is a sad fact, but communities in Kenya have been radicalized. The...

Visaka Dharmadasa, Sri Lanka

Visaka Dharmadasa led a delegation of mothers of missing servicemen into the jungles to meet with the guerillas who were responsible for their sons’ fate. She talked to us about her experience walking into the lion’s den—literally.

Bushra Qadeem Hyder, Pakistan

Bushra Qadeem Hyder, a pioneer in education, speaks of her journey of triumphs and challenges bringing up the next generation in a country saturated in conflict.

Ghada Rifai, Syria

In the midst of war, an ever-expanding network of dedicated Syrians have been working to heal the torn society. At the center is Ghada Rifai, a trained architect who has built a human network rooted in the values of peace, diversity and non-violence.

Lucy Talgieh, Palestine

Lucy Talgieh, a newly-elected municipal representative in Bethlehem, Palestine talks about women’s rights, eradicating extremism and promoting a more peaceful homeland.

Sanam Naraghi-Anderlini, ICAN

Born in Iran and a refugee in the UK by the age of 11, Sanam Naraghi-Anderlini has been a leading international advocate and peace strategist for 20 years.

Mary Akrami, Afghanistan

Mary Akrami, an award winning women’s rights defender, talks about violence in her homeland, discrimination against women and the lives she has saved through her work.

Robinah Rubimbwa, Uganda

Robinah Rubimbwa, long-time peace activist, poet and feminist, recounts her story and discusses how women continue to shape Uganda.

Khedija Arfaoui, Tunisia

Long-time Tunisian peace activist and academic Khedija Arfaoui speaks about her work, peace in the Middle East, and women’s pivotal role in change.

Fatima al-Bahadly, Iraq

Interview with Fatima al-Bahadly, director of Al Firdaws Society, an NGO founded in 2003 in Basra, Iraq, who works actively to demobilise and reintegrate young people and children who have been used by militias.

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