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Lal Jan Afridi

Lal Jan Afridi

Biography

A young development practitioner and human rights defender, Lal Jan Afridi belongs to the Federally Administrated Tribal Areas (FATA). Lal Jan conceptualized and helped launch SAWERA, the first women-led organization in the tribal areas of Pakistan dedicated to social and economic development for women, and currently serves as its technical adviser for monitoring & evaluation (the acronym also means Dawn in Urdu). He designs and implements innovative projects in FATA and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) to involve women in the development process and ensure their long term economic empowerment by providing them with education, skills, and opportunities. In one of his proudest accomplishments, Lal Jan established an information technology center for women in FATA, which has trained 90 women. Alongside SAWERA, Lal Jan regularly organizes youth action groups that create social action plans to address local issues. His mobilization efforts enable youth to know their basic rights and ensure long term community development. Despite facing many challenges in his life, including the bombing of SAWERA’s office, Lal Jan possesses resolute commitment to the underserved and underdeveloped parts of his community. In the future, he hopes to continue to empower women and promote peacebuilding through trainings in FATA.

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