Jamila Afghani began her peacemaking career as a social worker in Afghan refugee camps in Pakistan. There, in addition to addressing basic needs in the camps, she began teaching Qur'anic education classes, through which many of the women learned to read and write for the first time. Later, she would build upon the community's trust in her methods to create a program on women's rights, human rights, peace education and economic skills training, all within an Islamic framework.
After the fall of the Taliban, Jamila moved back to her home country of Afghanistan and founded the Noor Educational Centre (NEC) in Western Kabul, the most war-looted and structurally damaged part of the city. One of her strongest memories of NEC's first year was the death by stoning of one of her students by another. Responding to evident need, NEC developed accelerated peace education, human rights and gender training specifically from an Islamic perspective.
NEC now provides hundreds of women, youth and children in Kabul, Ghazni and Jalalabad with health, literacy, vocational, internet, English language and other specialized classes.
This video was made possible by grants from Carnegie Corporation of New York and the Henry Luce Foundation. The statements made and views expressed are solely the responsibility of Tanenbaum. Tanenbaum's Peacemakers in Action program is also supported by the Leir Charitable Foundations.