Ms. Shad Begum

With over 20 years of field experience in various thematic areas notably gender, health and governance. Ms. Shad Begum have become a known figure nationally and internationally because of her determined struggle to improve the conditions of the marginalized segments, especially women, of her community in the northwest of Pakistan. Shad Begum is the founder and executive director of the non-profit Association for Behaviour & Knowledge Transformation (ABKT). Shad Begum is Ashoka fellow and in recognition of her untiring struggle for the economic and political empowerment of women and girls in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, she was awarded the “International Woman Courage Award” in 2012 by the U.S. Department of State.