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Safe World Statement on the Bombing of SAWERA's Office

Safe World for Women strongly condemns the targeting of SAWERA - our Field Partner based in Peshawar, Pakistan.

The bomb blast at the office, on 30th March 2013, is the second attack suffered by SAWERA in less than a year.

In July last year, SAWERA's co-founder, Farida Afridi, was brutally murdered on her way to the office, following threats related to her work.

No-one has yet been held accountable for her murder.

SAWERA (Society for Appraisal & Women Empowerment in Rural Areas) is a grassroots women-led NGO, working for women's economic empowerment, education and peace in the tribal regions of Pakistan. They are well-supported in the region, working directly in local communities and refugee camps and with local leaders.

It is truly shocking that women working to bring equality and peace can be targeted and terrorised by a violent minority.

The extent of the damage to the NGO office has not yet been fully ascertained, but is thought to be at least £30,000 worth of damage to structure, equipment and vehicles. Neighbours were injured and their homes damaged. It is very fortunate that no lives were lost.

We call on the Pakistan government and authorities to do all within their power to hold those responsible to account, as a matter of urgency, and to take immediate action to ensure the adequate protection of NGO workers.

Our hearts go out to everyone affected.

Statements by Safe World Field Partners

Women for a Change Cameroon (WFAC)

Women For A Change Cameroon (WFAC) strongly condemns the continued target forms of Violence against SAWERA. We demand immediate peace and safety for all members of SAWERA and the entire community.

Congolese Females Action for Promoting their Rights (COFAPRI)

We at COFAPRI are very much concerned about the brutality that is being directed towards Safe World Field Partner, SAWERA, by killing its founder and bombing their office.

Such barbarian dual actions reflect lack of understanding of what human rights are doing to promote and protect women. SAWERA is made of people who have a sound philosophy; so these killers attempt to kill the people but they will never kill the whole system.

We ask the government of Pakistan to hunt down the perpetrators of such barbarity against innocent people and bring them to justice. And as well, to protect women's organisations and their promoters in the country.

Nonviolent people should not be attacked since they do not harm anybody, not even national institutions. We urge this to stop as soon as possible in order to allow rural women and girls to develop and enjoy of their rights.

We remain supportive to SAWERA in this hard moment. We are one team, though scattered here and there in the world. We share the same objective; that of uplifting women and helping them to know and enjoy their rights. So hurting one of us is to hurt all.

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