Challenges to Promoting Equality, Peace and Security in FATA
SAWERA's vision is to develop a just society based on equality, indiscrimination, honour and dignity, peace and security for all, and where all individuals are respected, regardless of status, tribe, ethnicity or religion.
Based in Peshawar, and operating in FATA (Federally Administered Tribal Areas), promoting women's social and economic empowerment is a constant challenge, and work can be fraught with danger.
The conflicts in Pakistan's northern borders with Afghanistan have severely damaged the local economy and adversely affected development in the area. In addition, existing cultural norms in FATA have bitter implications for tribal women. The literacy ratio of women in FATA is very low, compared to other parts of Pakistan. Health facilities are not commonly available for women and children. Where they are available, women do not have access.