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Gulalai Ismail: Speaking Out at a Cost

Jo Fidgen talks to Pakistani activist Gulalai Ismail, whose work to promote women's rights and combat radicalisation has brought her death threats.

Gulalai Ismail from Peshawar in Pakistan has been campaigning for equality and peace since she was a teenager. She and her sister Saba founded Aware Girls 12 years ago and have put their lives on the line to stand up for women's rights and combat radicalisation.

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Picture: Gulalai Ismail and some of the women with whom she works
Credit: Peace Direct

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