Being a woman and a human rights defender in Pakistan is “risky” a young activist who founded a non-profit called “Aware Girls” with her sister when she was just fifteen.
Saba Ismail grew up in the conservative Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province on the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan before “violent religious extremism” became an international buzzword.
She grew up in an environment where martyrs were celebrated as heroes and people believed in using violence to defend their religion.
Ms Ismail spoke to Jocelyne Sambira on the margins of a UN Women event discussion on Youth, Peace and Security.
She shared the impact extremism had on the lives of young girls as well as hers.