SAWERA in the Media


The most important way we can help is by giving the people of Pakistan moral support.  We can send messages of comfort; prayers; good wishes.  We can share our common humanity; our sameness.  We can let them know that we, in the rest of the world, grieve with them, hold them in our hearts...


In Dublin to receive the prestigious award, Noorzia Afridi asked guests to stand for a moment's silence in memory of murdered co-founder of SAWERA - Farida Afridi.


After the brutal killing of its executive director last year, SAWERA – an NGO working to promote women’s rights – once again came under attack.

A bomb was planted by unidentified militants near the gate of the NGO’s office...


The attack on a 14-year-old girl shook the nation, but Malala Yousafzai is not the first female to be targeted by the Taliban...

Earlier this year, militants killed Khyber Agency-based social worker Farida Afridi. Her crime, purportedly, was to be an agent of change in the conservative tribal agency.


On 4th July, Farida Afridi, women’s-rights activist and cofounder of Sawera, was brutally murdered, shot by militants while on her way to work.

And, now we are a nation rent with the pain of a 14-year-old girl, attacked for daring to seek an education against the edict of terrorists.


"I am thankful to all those who extended their condolence messages for Farida Afridi and her familiy. Her father is a poor man but his courage is as high as of a mountain standing before their home.... We will never leave our path of love, peace prosperity and development for our people." - Zar Ali Khan Afridi, Chairman, Tribal NGOs Consortium.


On 4th July 2012, women's rights and peace advocate, Farida Afridi, was brutally murdered.

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.

Farida Afridi with family

Following the shocking murder of women's rights activist, Farida Afridi, in Peshwar on 4th July, a concerted effort by supporters of the organisation she founded, Sawera, to honour her work is showing results.

Most recently Doha based Al-jazeera sent a reporter, Kamal Hyder, to the region.


That Farida Afridi's work is going to save lives is beyond question, but what's more important is that it will go a long way towards making countless other lives worth living. None of that of course brings her own life back. But she hasn't lost, even as she lies underneath tons of dirt.


Earlier this month, 25-year-old Farida Afridi, who ran an organization that provides information for women about their rights, was gunned down in the street, near the city of Peshawar in northwest Pakistan.
No one has been arrested for this killing. In all likelihood no one will be.


The murder of rights activist Farida Afridi in Khyber Agency has driven the already dwindling number of female social workers in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) towards more uncertainty.

Afridi, who was a founding member of the Society for Appraisal and Women Empowerment in Rural Areas (SAWERA), was shot dead by unidentified assailants on July 4 near her residence when she was on her way to work.


Farida Afridi was shot dead in cold blood for the crime of being a decent, caring human being. As the executive director of the human rights NGO, SAWERA, Afridi was trying to improve the plight of women in an area where many people have never even considered the concept of women’s rights...


Safeworld staff are heartbroken to learn of the murder of Farida Afridi, co-founder of SAWERA, our Field Partner in N.W.Pakistan.

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.