Khadijah Hawaja Gambo
Khadijah Hawaja Gambo is chair of the Plateau State Muslim Women Peace Forum, based in Jos, Nigeria, an area racked by ethnic tensions that have resulted in the murders of hundreds of men, women, and children on both sides of the ethno-religious divide between Muslims and Christians.
Having witnessed the horrors of extremist violence, Khadijah and her organization are working to bring an end to the conflict by organizing peace demonstrations and promoting tolerance.
In a rare endeavor, and with the support of SAVE (Sisters Against Violent Extremism), Gambo often travels internationally with Esther Ibanga, the senior pastor of Jos Christian Missions International in Jos, Nigeria, to underscore the deep commonalities, rather than the entrenched divides, between their societies and customs.
Gambo is also an official of Nigeria’s largest Islamic organization, Jama’atu Nasril Islam (Society for the Victory of Islam), an umbrella group for the Muslim community in Nigeria. The organization conducts Islamic education and missionary work in the region.