Ali Gohar

Ali Gohar is a restorative justice expert and the founder of Just Peace Initiatives, a nonprofit aimed at working for peace and justice through conflict transformation practices. Ali worked as Additional Commissioner Social Welfare Cell for Afghan Refugees for 13 years. He received his M.Sc. in International Relations from Quaid-i-Azam University Islamabad and a Master in Conflict Transformation as a Fulbright Scholar from Eastern Mennonite University (EMU), Virginia, USA. Ali is co-author of The Little Book of Restorative Justice in the Pakistan-Afghan context in collaboration with Howard Zehr. He is also the author of books about jirga, a Pukhtoon indigenous peace building mechanism, the code of Pukhtoonwali, and hujra, the tribal community center. Ali has written four plays for television on honor killing, restorative justice, domestic violence and HIV/drug awareness, which have been used in capacity building and awareness raising by the UN, INGO and civil society organizations in Pakistan and Afghanistan and are also available on YouTube with English subtitles. Ali worked as a campaign officer with Oxfam Great Britain to end honor killings and address violence against women as a technical advisor to the Ministry of Social Affairs in Afghanistan. Ali received the first alumni award for outstanding service in peace and restorative justice from EMU in 2015 and was a Dewey Winburne Community Service Award Honoree in 2016 at the SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas.

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