Name: Muhammad Safeer
Issue: Peace and Justice
Muhammad Safeer Durrani is a young human rights activist from Peshawar, Pakistan who is dedicated to promoting peace and justice among youth in his home region. He runs awareness campaigns, serves as a community peace advocate, conducts peace dialogues, and writes blogs about the issues faced by minority groups in Pakistan. His goal is to create a safe and conflict-free environment by training young people about human rights, security, and justice.
Muhammad started a peace-building career and took a stand for social justice after the tragic events of the Peshawar school massacre in December 2014. During the attack, more than 144 school children were killed and 500 were injured- the incident became one of the most painful moments in Pakistan’s history. Despite the widespread mourning for innocent lives, Safeer took initiative and coordinated a group of people who were passionate about creating opportunities for a safer environment. He conducted a series of negotiation talks with the government through which he and his supporters demanded better civilian protection and construction of education facilities.
The campaign organized by Muhammad became known as “Taleemi Dharna”, and turned out to be a successful effort to demand proper protection from the government despite visible pressure from local political groups. Through his effort, the young change-maker engaged 500 young people throughout Pakistan, partnered with major civil society, labor, and women’s rights organizations around the country. As a result, the Pakistani government subsidized the construction of 145 new schools and libraries. Muhammad hopes to expand Peace Building Training for youth to continue creating safe environment and educational opportunities.