Born and raised in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, Qamar saw how patriarchal beliefs in his community limited opportunities for girls and women. He decided to become a human rights activist and engage boys and men in promoting gender equality. As programme coordinator at Blue Veins, Qamar works with religious, community, media and government leaders to advocate for policies that support vulnerable communities within the province.
With his Malala Fund grant, Qamar campaigns for the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provincial government to increase funding for girls’ secondary education and for the district governments of Peshawar, Charsadda, Karak, Kohat and Mardan to allocate more funding for the construction of girls’ schools, the improvement of existing infrastructure and the elimination of school fees. Qamar and Blue Veins hold conferences and meetings with government officials and political party representatives to encourage them to support girls’ education. Qamar conducted a qualitative study on the key barriers to girls’ secondary school access and completion in five target districts and trained journalists to cover girls’ education in the media.