Mossarat Qadeem

Mossarat Qadeem

Mossarat Qadeem saves not only individual lives; she saves families.

Working directly with mothers of radicalized youths, using her skill as a communicator and her detailed knowledge of the Quran, she rescues young men—including potential suicide bombers—who are being exploited by extremists.

Afterwards, she ensures they receive job training and education and helps them with the difficult process of reintegrating into their communities. Her calm demeanor cannot disguise her lifelong passion for reaching out to others to build trust and reduce violence.

To broaden her outreach, Ms. Qadeem founded PAIMAN Alumni Trust, a nonprofit group promoting sociopolitical and economic empowerment of marginalized Pakistanis. With PAIMAN, she established the country’s first center for conflict transformation and peacebuilding, which has helped thousands of young people and women across the Federally Administered Tribal Areas and Khyber Pukhtunkwa province to prevent and resolve conflict.

Ms. Qadeem is also the national coordinator of Aman-o-Nisa, a coalition of women leaders throughout Pakistan striving to moderate violent extremism and promote understanding among diverse ethnic, religious, and political groups.

To all her work, Ms. Qadeem brings the knowledge and experience she acquired during her 14 years as a political science teacher at the University of Peshawar, where she also served as assistant director of the Women’s Study Centre. She now works across South Asia on women’s political participation and conflict transformation, and developed her own training materials on these themes. An innovator and reformer, she helped found the regional South Asia Women’s Peace Forum.

Ms. Qadeem has published two books, written many articles, and produced documentaries on topics including India-Pakistan relations and women’s (particularly mothers’) experiences with conflict and extremism. She holds master’s degrees in international politics as well as gender and development, both from the Institute of Social Sciences in the Netherlands.

Last Updated: October 2012