A unique approach to tackling the challenges facing women and their communities in the northwest of Pakistan

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  • Date and time: Monday 8 April 2024, 5pm to 7pm
  • Location: In-person only
    CL/A/028, Church Lane Building, Campus West, University of York (Map)
  • Admission: Free admission, booking required

Event details

This event offers a unique opportunity to hear from staff of Khwendo Kor during a rare visit to the UK.

KK is a grassroots, women-led, non-governmental organisation working to improve the situation for women and girls in the deeply conservative, poverty-stricken and geopolitically sensitive area of the northwest of Pakistan, bordering Afghanistan. Khwendo Kor is headed by Maryam Bibi, a remarkable woman from Waziristan who has received numerous national and international awards including an Honorary Doctorate from the University of York, but remains humble and deeply committed to the rights of women.

Together with her Deputy, Khalid Usman (a former Fellow on the Protective Fellowship Scheme at the Centre for Applied Human Rights), they have developed a holistic Viable Village approach to their work, with women at its core to achieve sustainable change where change has seemed almost impossible.

Most recently they have been selected as one of only two women’s organisations (the other in India) to partner with Climate Resilience for All for its launch at COP28 with their belief that ‘When women are climate resilient, we will all be climate resilient’. Come and listen to Maryam, Khalid and their colleagues Nuzhat Amin and Imran Kazmi.

The event will start with an informal opportunity from 5pm to 5.30pm to meet with Maryam Bibi, Khalid Usman, Nuzhat Amin and Imran Kazmi. There will then be a talk and discussion from 5.30pm to 6.30pm and a further opportunity to talk informally before closing at 7pm.

KK’s vision is to see ‘A compassionate society where women and girls live and thrive with dignity and self-reliance’ and it strives for inclusive and resilient communities and empowered women. UK Friends of Khwendo Kor (FROK) is a UK registered charity with its head office in York.