Bushra Hyder (Pakistan)

An educator, activist and social entrepreneur, Bushra Hyder is internationally recognized for her contribution to women’s empowerment in Khyber Pukhtunhwa, Pakistan. She is a founding member of AMN-O-Nisa and runs an educational institute where she first implemented her own model of peace education, instilling the values of cultural and religious diversity. She has since expanded this model to five other schools. Her curriculum is geared towards discouraging young people from joining extremist groups, and cultivating a culture of harmony amongst the youth.

Her work is internationally recognised as a model to combatting violent extremism. She has represented Pakistan in many different international forums as a peace practitioner and was invited as a distinguished speaker at Harvard University and the US Institute of Peace on violent extremism.

As a member of the Women Waging Peace USA, and ICAN Network of Muslim Women Peace Makers – a network of women from Pakistan, Afghanistan and India – she is a part of large regional and international network of activists who work collectively to eliminate violent conflict and foster a culture of peace.