Offer your support to KHOWAR Academy

The Khowar Academy is northern Pakistan’s initiative for peace, and for the promotion, documentation and preservation of endangered languages of Pakistan, India, Afghanistan and Kashmir.

Khowar is an Indo-Aryan language spoken in northern Pakistan by about 10 million people. It is the old language of the historic city of Chitral. Khowar is recognized even by speakers of its neighboring languages as a sweet language, well suited to reciting poetry, singing love songs, or chatting among friends. From Chitral to Ghizer, Khowar is a thriving, vibrant language used in every aspect of life by those who call it their mother-tongue. The goal of Khowar Academy is to preserve and develop the Khowar language and culture through research, documentation, and publications.

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Rehmat Aziz Khan Chitrali – Pakistan

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The Voice of the Communities without Voice, Pacifist and Defender of Human Rights for all

Rehmat Aziz Chitrali lives in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan, and is a linguist, poet, author, translator, social activist, cultural researcher, human rights activist, volunteer, keyboards developer and Inventor.

As peacemaker he works on countering violent extremism in Pakistan. He spreads the message of peace through his initiative “My language and my poetry for Peace”. He works on the conflict resolution issues between the villagers, mainly between men and women. He is known for his ability to mobilize people and resources for peacebuilding. Rehmat Aziz has wide-ranging experience in advocating for systemic change relating to women and youth’s inclusion in prevention, conflict resolution, peacebuilding and security at a regional level.

Committed to protecting the human rights of young women, girls and children in Pakistan; he is convincing the parents to admit their girls in school for imparting mother language education. Through his initiative “Stop Forced Marriage” he is also fighting against the forced marriage of young girls with aged men. He is also fighting against the physical torture, violence against women and girls in this man dominated society. He is mobilizing women and girls for peacebuilding in their areas.

He is world record holder in the field of linguistics and IT. He is the first person in the world to create software which allows the typing of 40 ‎endangered languages on a single platform. While living in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province during the Taliban regime, Rehmat Aziz created ‎Khowar Wikipedia on the internet and wrote Khowar language articles on topics the Taliban ‎discouraged, namely education, human rights, youth rights, peace, women’s rights, Children rights, fundamental rights, mother language education for boys and girls in primary level and the ‎preservation of regional endangered languages in northern Pakistan and played an active role for mother languages.  In spite of the region’s struggles with remoteness and security tensions, Rehmat Aziz has continued to ‎promote the Khowar language and its development along with the other 69 regional endangered languages of Pakistan. He is well known for his linguistics acumen, integrity, sincerity to the cause of language and culture documentation and dedication to the profession. His literary and linguistic works promoted essential qualities for a progressive society such as gender equality, love and affection, dedication to service, truthfulness, tolerance for each other, peace and inter provincial linguistic harmony.

He has already been awarded many national and international awards, gold medals, recognitions on excellent performance, contribution and dedicated works towards linguistics. He continues to pursue his activities in linguistics and literary works for mother languages and is a source of inspiration for younger generations.

He has participated in the United Nations Youth Forum on behalf of Pakistan. He has worked as voice over artist in the first ever Khowar environmental film namely Markhoor. His voice and art are widely applauded in the Khowar speaking community. He has been justly called “The Linguistic Mastermind” by the Pakistani civil society organization “My Voice Unheard”. Another civil society organization “Bolo Jawan” has also called him “The Preservers of Languages”.

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https://tribune.com.pk/story/791766/tech-talk-typing-in-tongues-now-a-click-away/

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Miraj Bibi

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Primary School Teacher, Volunteer and Female Education Activist

Mrs. Miraj Bibi, young primary school teacher at Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Education Department of Pakistan, has played an active role in education. She has established a free Tuition Centre for the poor boys and girls in her native town Khot Valley, where she imparted basic skills.

She is well known for her educational acumen, integrity, sincerity, concern for the poor children and dedication to the profession of education. She relentlessly confronted social and cultural bias and odds and emerged as an icon of the women’s education in Chitral.

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Dur Khan

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Peace activist, Environmentalist and Defender of the Human Rights of All

Dur Khan was born in Pakistan, a former policeman and famous hunter of wild animals. After his retirement he commits his time to working as a volunteer and advocate for the human rights of all, including senior citizens, women and girls.
He is also known as an environmentalist and someone who seeks peace. As president of Zaroowanan Jirga, an association for senior citizens, he works in the resolution of conflicts to counter extremism in their communities. Within his community, he is a voice of wisdom and peace.

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Offer your support to the finalists in the “Mediators for reconciliation between groups and people divided by conflicts” category

AAGHAZ-E-DOSTI

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“Aaghaz-e-Dosti” (the literal meaning of which in Hindi/Urdu is ‘beginning of friendship’) is a citizen’s initiative that works against all odds to create havens of peace and friendship between the two traditionally rival communities (in India and Pakistan). They have been working at this relentlessly for the past four years. The team is comprised of students and young professionals, mostly women, from both sides of the border, who volunteer their time. Other chapters of this organization are present in many cities from both countries.

Aaghaz-e-Dosti is focused on citizen diplomacy and works primarily through peace education aimed at familiarising people about the ‘other‘; countering stereotypes of a homogenised and negative image of the other; educating on issues of conflict and the existence of diverse views…

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SHEIKH ABDRAHMAN AL-MARWANI

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In a country where almost half the population is illiterate and there are an estimated three guns per person, Sheikh Al-Marwani uses both technology, workshops and theater-based awareness campaigns to get his anti-gun message across while proposing peace and tolerance. Sheikh Al-Marwani started his peace mission twenty years ago, when he established the Dar AL-Salam Organization, or the Peace House, in Yemen.

The growing culture of extremism and terrorism is the most dangerous problem causing widespread human rights violations, but this has not dissuaded the Sheikh from his mediation work for peace and social cohesion.

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