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Young Moroccan wins Common Ground Award for Fight Against Violent Extremism

Written by FDM

Moroccan Fatima Ezzahrae Boughazi received, on Thursday in New York, the Common Ground Award, by the prestigious international Foundation “Search for Common Ground” for her contribution in mobilizing youth against radical ideologies by extremist groups.

“At just 22 years old, Fatima Ezzahrae Boughazi is already a leading voice in youth participation in peacebuilding in Morocco,” read the description of the young lady by the foundation. Indeed, she has won the Common Ground Award for her tireless efforts to fight extremism among young people through the Young Leaders Council of Tangier of which she is the president.

Fatima told MAP that she is very involved in the program aimed at youth capacity-building in order to be an active member of civil society. 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 Common Ground Awards are presented annually to honor outstanding accomplishments  in conflict resolution, negotiation, community building, and peacebuilding.  At the awards ceremony, five other people were honored by the Foundation for their contribution to create peace and stability internationally or in their local communities.