Human Beings First
In an interview in 2011 in Islamabad, Pakistan, Farhat Asif told a story about how her training as a mediator enabled her to calm down a friend who held extremist attitudes about Shi’as. She was able to remind her friend that people are human beings first and that other layers of their identity, such as gender or religion, are secondary to their being human and being someone’s mother, father, brother, or sister. These elements are important to the make up of identity but should not be divisive.
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