Widad is one of Scandinavia’s most successful female human rights and peace activists. She considers herself an international citizen and leads Defend International – an NGO devoted to peace, democracy, diplomacy, human rights and medical research.
In addition to being recognised as an admired global health professional, she has also been accredited as observer and participant in major United Nations meetings and other international conferences. The Danish author, global health practitioner and co-founder of Defend International has built her reputation as a human rights defender and peace advocate on experience, patience and determination in defending and supporting people whose rights are threatened or violated in one way or another. She has facilitated a series of innovative projects aimed at promoting a culture of peace and coexistence. The success of her endeavours resulted in her being awarded the 2014 International Pfeffer Peace Award for her worldwide work for peace and justice and the prestigious ’Special Prize’ for bridging gap between civilisations.