Voice of a Practitioner in Pakistan - Mossarat Qadeem
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Ms. Qadeem is co-founder of PAIMAN Alumni Trust, a nonprofit group promoting sociopolitical and economic empowerment of marginalized Pakistanis. With PAIMAN, she established the country’s first center for conflict transformation and peacebuilding, which has helped thousands of young people and women across the Federally Administered Tribal Areas and Khyber Pukhtunkwa province to prevent and resolve conflict. Their contribution is the development of PAIMAN's Mothers and Youth Peace Groups (TOLANA) an innovative way of neutralizing extremist tendencies through community mobilization, active citizenship and community empowerment for building social cohesion. Using Quran and Sunnah as the basis of alternate narrative to extremists’ narrative that they have developed and uses to reform and transform the extremist youth is other great achievement of her organization. Ms. Qadeem is an internationally known expert on countering violent extremism and de-radicalization and has contributed to the policy framework development of UNDTEC New York, UNWomen. She was a minister of information of Khyber Pukhtunkhwa Province in the interim government and remains a member of FATA Reform Commission. In this episode of the Center for Strategic International Studies podcast, Mossarat shares her experience as a practitioner countering violent extremism at the grassroots levels in some of the most conflict-affected areas of Pakistan. She talks about the importance of building trust at the community-level and the contributions women can make to peace and security – locally and globally.