As a Political Science professor in the University of Peshawar, Mossarat Qadeem taught Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding in South Asia.
However, in 2008, after an increased bout of violence carried out by extremists in her region of Pakistan, she was driven to become a full-time peace activist. Mossarat used her knowledge of the Qur’an and Sunnah law to develop the PAIMAN Trust, meaning, “Let’s live in peace” to educate young men at risk of becoming radicalised.
Mossarat was also aware of the impact on mothers whose sons had been radicalised and exploited by extremists. She developed TOLANAS, a programme built for mothers which sought to engage with the women, build their confidence in discussing issues with their children, and develop critical negotiation skills to aid wider peace-building. Mossarat stated, “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 opened up and joined our activities to stop the youth’s involvement in violent activities.”
Mossarat is now a founding member of the Women’s Alliance for Security Leadership (WASL), she has founded Amn-O-Nisa, an alliance of women leaders from Pakistan, Afghanistan and India seeking to promote peace in their respective regions, and she is a member of the International Review Panel of Global Community and Resilience Fund (GCERF). Mossarat was also a minister of information at Khyber Pukhtunkhwa Province and has also been a fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Mossarat is a member of the FATA Reform Commission and has published two books on peace education.