Thursday, March 8, 2012

Interview with Urdu VOA on March 8, 2012

Shad Begum is the recipient of International Women of Courage Award 2012. Talking to Muhammad Atif after receiving her award, she said this is a recognition of her efforts to improve the life of a common women in Pakistan.

Shad Begum -- 2012 International Women of Courage Award Winner

Shad Begum is a courageous human rights activist and leader who has changed the political context for women in the extremely conservative district of Dir, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. As founder and executive director of Association for Behavior and Knowledge Transformation (ABKT), Ms. Shad provides political training, microcredit, primary education, and health services to women in the most conservative areas of Pakistan. Ms. Shad not only empowered the women of Dir to vote and run for office, she herself ran and won local seats in the 2001 and 2005 elections against local conservatives who tried to ban female participation. Despite threats, Ms. Shad continues to work out of Peshawar to improve the lives of women in the communities of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.