Safeworld staff are heartbroken to receive news of the murder of Farida Afridi.
Farida, together with Noorzia Afridi, co-founded SAWERA.
At a young age, the two women chose to devote their lives to promoting women's empowerment and peace in the tribal regions of Pakistan.
Our hearts go out to Farida's family and to Noorzia and their friends. We hope they get at least some comfort in knowing that Farida has already helped many, in her short life.
SAWERA currently is working in Khyber Agency and in KPK. In Khyber Agency – with the technical and financial support of Community Appraisal and Motivation Program (CAMP) and the German Embassy. SAWERA is working under the Communities for Change project on conflict resolution and peace-building, and providing women with awareness on political and social rights in the light of Islam and the Constitution of Pakistan.
Now, our organization is growing in its capacity to do work in close coordination with international organizations like Care International in Pakistan. This provided us support to properly maintain all documentations/records of our organization.
After partnership with Care International Pakistan, SAWERA organization streamlined its policies and procedures in right direction. Under this partnership, the organization has completed one project on water sanitation and Health & Hygiene (WASH) in two Union councils: UC Merza Dher and UC Dehri zardad of District Charsada in 2011.
SAWERA is carrying out its second intervention covering three components: Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), livelihood and water sanitation, and health and hygiene (WASH) to contribute towards the empowerment of women.
This supported us in the trust-building process, as well linkages with other organizations, communities, and donors.
One of our projects' time duration runs from December 2011 to July 31st 2012 in district Charsada KPK province of Pakistan with Care International in Pakistan (CIP).
Name of project: Integrated Humanitarian Assistance for flood affected populations towards livelihood restoration and meeting early recovery needs in District Charsadda Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province of Pakistan, Sawera adh-ii district Charsadda
Duration: from December 1st 2011–July 31st 2012
Location: Five Union Councils (UC) of district Charsada
Target community: Marginalized women, children, disabled, and the economically poor community
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.