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Pakistan - Aware Girls promote human rights

I recently visited Pakistan where I worked with a human rights organisation called Aware Girls, founded more than a decade ago by two sisters called Gulalai and Saba Ismail. Aware Girls is based in Peshawar, a sprawling city in the troubled Pakistani province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa that borders Afghanistan. Since 2010 some 4000 people in the province have been killed by suicide bombers and Aware Girls performs some remarkably brave work to promote peace and stop youngsters being radicalised by the Taliban and other militant groups.

Over the years Aware Girls has grown and it has a network of 300 human rights activists across Pakistan who regularly put their lives at risk to promote human rights.

Please read the attached PDF of an article I wrote for the Sunday Mail newspaper on Aware Girls. I've also posted a link to a report from last year after Gulalai and Saba had to leave their family home following death threats.

Thanks for your time.

Billy Briggs.

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