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Association for Behavior and Knowledge Transformation (ABKT) is an organization of leading social entrepreneurs from Khyber Pukthoonkhawa, Pakistan founded in 1994. ABKT is a nationally and internationally recognized non-governmental organization that strives to improve the lives of under developed and vulnerable communities with special focus on women, youth and children in Khyber Pukthoonkhawa Pakistan. ABKT started its activities from the grass root level and now it is working at national level, with one more distinction i.e. the first registered women organization of Malakand Division, Khyber Pukthoonkhawa.
Shad Begum (Executive Director ABKT)
Shad Begum was awarded with the "International Women of Courage Award" by the US "First Lady Michelle Obama" and the "Secretary of State Hillary Clinton" for her fearlessly champing Pakistani women's Political and Economic rights and empowering the disadvantaged and oppressed, on the occasion of International Women day 08th March, 2012. She was the only woman who was nominated for her efforts and hard work from a very conservative society of Dir, Lower, Pakistan.
Shad Begum is a Human Rights Activist and Social Entrepreneur from Lower Dir , Pakistan. She comes from religious and middle class family. Among the women community from Malakand Division, she is the first woman who established her organization for human rights promotion and development. She says that she has been significantly supported by her family at every level. She started to work as Human Rights Activist and Social Entrepreneur, when she was a student of class 9th in Government Girls High School Ziarat Talash. In 1992, because of her Father motivation & inspiration Shad begum voluntarily joined a local NGO named "Idara Kidhmat-e-Khalq (IKK)" of Talash, Lower Dir. At that time IKK was working for the welfare and strengthening of the local communities including both men and women. Because of the local culture sensitivity and traditional norms it was difficult for men to access and benefit women with welfare activities.
Thus male members of IKK decided to involve women of their own families so that, other women of the area can be benefited too. Shad Begum was also one of those young girls & women who joined IKK to reach the vulnerable women and lend a helping hand for them. Shad says that while working from IKK platform with women communities she realized the need to establish an independent organization for women as well. Women in the areas like Lower Dir were much ignorant and worthy. Their representation was nil in all kind of decision making platforms. IKK facilitated all its women member to establish their own independent organization. More...