"We need reforms in almost every field, especially in women's sectors..."
On 4th July 2012, women's rights and peace advocate, Farida Afridi, was brutally murdered by militants, following threats related to her work.
In this rare footage from May 2012, Farida spoke out about women's rights and gender equality in FATA (Federally Administered Tribal Areas), in Pakistan, near the border of Afghanistan.
The video was produced by the Support to Governance in Pakistan Programme, in cooperation with the FATA Development Programme.
Farida Afridi was co-founder of women's grassroots advocacy organisation, SAWERA (Society for Appraisal and Women Empowerment in Rural Areas).
"We need reforms in almost every field, especially in women's sectors.
The educational level of tribal women is much lower than that of men.
Our society doesn't give much importance to women's health.
So we need reforms in health and education.
We need to increase the number of schools for girls.
At a certain age, girls are not allowed to go outdoors!
So we need to have schools for every community.
Women need to have a separate space in health units for check-ups."
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SAWERA is a local women-led NGO in Pakistan, working in Khyber Agency (a tribal area) in particular, and in Federally Administrative Tribal Areas (FATA).
SAWERA is also active in flood emergency relief in District Charsada.
"No nation can rise to the height of glory unless your women are side by side with you; we are victims of evil customs. It is a crime against humanity that our women are shut up within the four walls of the houses as prisoners. There is no sanction anywhere for the deplorable condition in which our women have to live."
Mohammad Ali Jinnah, 1944 - 'Founding Father' of Pakistan.