Taangh Wasaib Organization (TWO) is a rights-based initiative of university and college teachers, students, social workers and citizens aiming to promote communal harmony, gender equality and respect for human rights. Established in 1998, TWO uses local Sufism as a strategy for building peace in Pakistan. Sufis are Islamic saints born in the region, they have their roots in Islamic teachings but they gave a very progressive interpretation of Islam. They have boldly addressed sectarianism, hatred, intolerance and gender issues, preaching a message of love, harmony, and peace.
Taangh Peace Garden is a unique initiative of TWO. It’s a place of both reflection and celebration, of stillness and revelry, poetry and music. Tree branches give shade for daytime meditation and hold little twinkling lights for night time ceremonies – like a birthday party for a violence victim, wishes of long life to a woman rejected by society.
To mark the International Day of Peace, on 21 September 2010, World Vision International (WVI) awarded Rubina Feroze Bhatti, General Secretary of TWO, this year's World Vision International Peace Prize for Peacemaking. WVI gave the award in recognition of her “holistic approach to peace, her ability to identify culturally relevant ways to bridge gaps between members of society and highlight opportunities for women and youth to bring durable peace to communities through development, education and advocacy.”