Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 2006
Association for Behavior and Knowledge Transformation (ABKT)
This description of Shad Begum's work was prepared when Shad Begum was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2006.
Shad Begum is planting the seeds for a grassroots women’s movement in the isolated tribal areas of Pakistan where men determine women’s mobility, visibility, and voice. Using group activities and micro-credit to empower women, Shad builds their capacity to become politically active and run for office, thereby gradually supplanting the male-led jirgas—illegal, self-authorized local councils—that govern outside the law.
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