They send out teams of peace educators to villages, towns and schools, to identify and dissuade individuals likely to join extremist groups.The work is intensive and personalised: as well as study groups to spread the word, there are one-to-one counselling sessions that may last weeks until a young man or woman changes their views and choices.
The founders – two sisters – believe firmly in women’s rights and champion these too.
At the last national elections, in 2013, they led all-female teams of polling station monitors to ensure women were allowed to vote freely and without intimidation.
In 2014 we supported Aware Girls to implement projects taking a holistic approach to conflict transformation in Pakistan: • Recognising that women are often excluded from political processes in Pakistan, and yet are critically important stakeholders in building peace, we supported Aware Girls to increase women’s political participation in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Last year, 851 women were reached by activists trained by Aware Girls to encourage greater political participation.
• We supported Aware Girls to continue their innovative and highly effective training of youth activists to engage with young people at risk of radicalisation in Pakistan and Afghanistan.