Widad is one of Scandinavia’s most successful human rights and peace activists. She is the co-founder of Defend International – an NGO devoted to peace, democracy, diplomacy, human rights and medical research.
In addition to being recognised in the field of global health, she has also been accredited as observer and participant in major United Nations meetings and other international conferences. The Danish author has built her reputation on experience, patience and determination in defending and supporting people whose rights are threatened or violated in one way or another. She considers herself an international citizen and 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 efforts in support of peace and justice” and the prestigious ‘Special Prize’ for bridging gaps between cultures.
“I would have loved if someone noticed my pain as a child and how my childhood was ruined because of conflicts. One of the biggest challenges in life is to overcome the trauma of war, particularly during childhood… Now, I would like to help the survivors acknowledge their past experiences! I want them to know that I feel their pain; I’ll be there to communicate their suffering and highlight the contradictory emotions they often evoke when asking for help! My aim is to take part in the process of empowering and motivating them so that they can overcome these tragedies and become the extraordinary leaders of the future. There are glimmers of hope, even in dark times!”