Rabat – Young Moroccan woman Fatima Ezzahrae Benoughazi received on Thursday in New York the Common Ground Award for her contribution in mobilizing youth against radical ideologies by extremist groups.
The award was given to the 22-year old woman by the prestigious international Foundation “Search for Common Ground.”
Benoughazi has been involved in various search initiatives that are working to prevent and counter violent extremism. She also builds projects and online campaigns that bring religious leaders and at-risk youth together to counter violent extremism online and develop constructive conflict resolution skills.
The youngster, who is also president of the Tangiers’ Young Leaders Council, told Maghreb Arab Press (MAP) that she is “very involved in the program aimed at youth capacity-building in order to be an active member of civil society.”
The Common Ground Awards are presented annually to honour outstanding accomplishments in conflict resolution, negotiation, community building, and peacebuilding. Recipients have made significant contributions toward bridging divides between people, finding solutions to seemingly intractable problems, and providing inspiration and hope where often there was none.