Aware Girls is a young women-led organization based in the northwest of Pakistan established in 2002 by a group of young women led by Gulalai Ismail at the age of 16. Aware Girls is a platform for young women to strengthen their leadership skills and work towards young women’s empowerment, gender equality and peacebuilding in the Pakistan-Afghanistan region.
Lush’s donation will go towards providing training and resources for young women to develop leadership skills, enabling them to act as agents of change in challenging violence against women, especially domestic abuse. Additionally, Aware Girls aims to educate young women about laws which protect their rights, and to engage with communities in dialogue to bring a shift in the norms and values which perpetuate violence. Lush’s contribution will also aid in developing a network of young women activists with strong advocacy skills to push for legislation against domestic abuse in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province of Pakistan.