This article discusses the efforts of activist Hafsat Mohammed to promote the countering of violent extremism of Boko Haram within her community in Nigeria by empowering youth and getting local leaders involved. She notes the importance of working with religious leaders in particular seeing them as change agents. Through ongoing violence, Hafsat Mohammed believes that discussion and ideologies of hope and peace have a profound impact on combatting anger and frustration, especially from young men who are typically more vulnerable to being lured by the group. Women like Hafsat Mohammed, who often have had direct experience with conflict and violent encounters, have become essential voices through their roles in countering violent extremism despite the challenges of cultural backlash and the reality of threats to their own safety. Read full article.