My article on the Amn-o-Nisa delegation’s visit to the USA, for Global Post, published May 7, 2012: Soft power, woman power: Forging a new security paradigm in Pakistan
Women work to combat extremism by closing rift between Americans and Pakistanis.
It was a unique Christmas party. Eight madrassah students in Peshawar, Pakistan took giant homemade cards, cake and flowers over to the US Consulate last year. The students and diplomats sat and talked for four hours, facilitated by teachers who provide English language and computer skills to the Islamic schools.
“This is the first time that these boys are connecting to and being exposed to a world outside the madrassah,” said Sameena Imtiaz, executive director of Peace Education and Development (PEAD), a non-profit foundation in Pakistan that has been working with madrassahs since 2005. “It wasn’t easy to build this relationship. It has taken a long time for them to trust us.” Continue reading
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