A Pakistan grassroots NGO led by tribal women was targeted by a bomb blast at their office on 30th March, 2013.

SAWERA is a voluntary, not-for-profit organization dedicated to social and economic development.

Their work focuses on marginalized sectors of the local communities, especially women and children, in one of the most dangerous regions in the country.

But, because of lack of government protection, they are in constant danger from militants.

In July 2012, the organisation's co-founder Farida Afridi was murdered on the way to her office.

The work of organisations like Sawera is vital to helping improve peace and security.

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Letter to
Pakistan's Ambassador/Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN Mr Raza Bashir Tarar
Head of Chancery, Pakistan mission to the UN Mr. Sahebzada Ahmad Khan
UNICEF Representative for Pakistan Mr Dan Rohrmann
and 5 others
Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the United Nations, New York H.E. Mr. Abdullah Hussain Haroon
Minister of State for Education and Trainings, Pakistan Mr. Muhammad Ikram
Head of Chancery, Pakistan mission to the UN H.E. Mr. Abdullah Hussain Haroon
United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to freedom of opinion and expression  Frank La Rue
UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of Human Rights Defenders Ms. Margaret Sekaggya
Protect Women's Rights Organisations in the Tribal Regions of Pakistan
Dear Sir/Madam,
I would like to draw your attention to the horrific attack on SAWERA, a gassroots women's rights NGO based in Peshawar, Pakistan, and working in the tribal regions to promote peace, equality and women's empowerment.
The previous year, in July 2012, as you will know, the co-founder of the organisation, Farida Afridi, was brutally murdered on her way to the office.
Little seems to have changes and the whole team at SAWERA have now been again terrified.
We implore you to take immediate action to ensure the safety of this organisation and other such grassroots organisation, which work with the support of local communities and tribal leaders, to try to ensure peace and equality in this volatile region.
With respect and hope,