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Sobia Khan

Biography

Sobia is from Dera Ismail Khan, a rural district in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) that borders the tribal region of North Waziristan. In 2008, she established a community based organization, Support Humanity Organization, which works for women’s empowerment and advocacy through different channels. Her vocational education training center teaches women from remote areas skills such as sewing and embroidery. Recognizing the importance of education in her overlooked region, she also conducts free English language classes for students of government institutions to improve their proficiency and compete for university admissions. An environmentalist by profession and social entrepreneur by passion, Sobia is also busy improving community livelihood through natural resource management and agriculture development. She introduced a bio diesel plant (jatropha circus) to farmers, which can be used as an alternate energy resource to improve the economic well-being of the farming community. She often finds it extremely difficult to work in the region, especially for women, due to cultural constraints and hazardous security issues inflicted by religious hardliners and outlaws. Despite these challenges, Sobia’s efforts have given a voice to the women of this conflict stricken area.

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