Gulalai Ismail is a women’s rights expert and activist. Ismail is the founder of a leading organization called Aware Girls, which focuses on women’s empowerment, peace-building and countering violent extremism.
Ismail has over 13 years of experience in human rights and peace work. Her work has been focused on drafting policies and implementing projects on the empowerment of young women, young women’s human rights issues, legal advocacy, gender-based violence, girls’ education, countering violent extremism, peace-building, governance, organizational strengthening, and setting up helplines to help vulnerable women across the region.
Importantly, Gulalai Ismail has advocated at national and UN levels for young people and capacity building of civil society organizations. Ismail was a leading proponent of a UN Security Council Resolution on “Youth, Peace and Security #2250”.
Her vision is to make the world a better place for women, where women have the conducive environment to exercise their human rights, live a dignified and peaceful life, and have control over their own lives, bodies, and decisions.