Mossarat Qadeem

Mossarat Qadeem (Pakistan)

As a Political Science professor in the University of Peshawar, Mossarat Qadeem taught Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding in South Asia. But in 2008, the increased violence activities carried out by extremists in her region drove her to become a full-time peace activist. Mossarat established PAIMAN Trust, which has pioneered in countering violent extremism research and activism. PAIMAN specifically engages with both perpetrators and the affected communities through TOLANAS made up of mothers and youth. As she explains: “It is important to work with the mothers of radicalized youth in order to find out the root causes of their radicalization and address them. We need to make mothers aware that they have a role to play. Initially mothers would pretend not to know anything about their sons’ involvement in extremist activities, but with our skills-building work and getting them to understand that the Qur’an prohibits homicide and suicide, they open up and join our activities to stop the youth’s involvement in violent activities.”