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Peace Is: Empowering Girls with Pakistani peacebuilder Gulalai Ismail

NEW YORK, NY July 12, 2013 Global conflict resolution NGO Peace Direct, along with Two Moon Art House and Café, will co-host an afternoon event to shine a spotlight on the role women peace builders are playing in managing, resolving, and preventing violent conflict worldwide.

Peace Is: Empowering Girls will feature a candid and compelling conversation with celebrated Pakistani peacebuilder Gulalai Ismail, who was only 16 when she founded her organization Aware Girls to advance women’s
empowerment, gender equality, and peace in Pakistan, alongside four other visionary young activists from across the globe, Ismail will receive the 2013 Democracy Award from the National Endowment for Democracy on Capitol Hill.

Violent conflict claims an estimated 55,000 lives worldwide each year, and women and youth are playing an increasingly vital role in building sustainable peace in communities torn by strife.

Peace Is: Empowering Girls aims to spur dialogue and encourage commitment to stand beside women peacebuilders like Gulalai Said Peace Direct US Chief Executive Brian Neff, “Gulalai’s celebrated work as a peace leader reveals the powerful impact local people — and particularly local women — can have on turning the tides of conflict in their communities to achieve healing and sustainable reconciliation. Peace Direct remains as committed as ever to funding her and other effective ‘peace entrepreneurs’ like her. We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to engage a New York audience in discussion with such a tenacious and visionary woman.”
Added Gulalai Ismail,"I am honored to have the opportunity to share conversation in New York on how we, the young women of Pakistan, are working to build global peace through our local initiatives of peace education, reconciliation and trauma healing.
Global peace and development simply cannot be achieved without the meaningful involvement of women and young. Full video coverage of Peace Is: Empowering Girls will be available on 

For information and to RSVP, visit, or contact Sarah Lenfest at [masked].

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