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The Awakening

Swat, Pakistan
Joined September 2015
Presence in: Pakistan
Focus: Citizenship & Identification, Community / Customary Land Rights, Criminal Justice, Family, Gender-based violence, Generalist Legal Services, Governance, Accountability & Transparency, Labor & Employment, Peace-building & Transitional Justice, Women's Rights

We strive to empower the vulnerable and disenfranchised women in rural areas of Pakistan by building feminist leadership, advances for women’s human rights, advocate and mobilize for gender equality and social justice.

People Associated With This Organization

Erfaan Hussein Babak

The Awakening
Joined September 2015
Mr. Erfaan Hussein Babak hails from Swat Valley which once remained under the strong hold of the Taliban. He has worked for years to protect and advocate for the rights of girls and women in Malakand Division, engaging with both men and women to dissuade them from marrying off their daughters early.

In 2010, he founded an organization called “The Awakening” to protect girls and women by taking pragmatic steps like protesting, sensitizing and informing the law enforcement agencies, pressurizing the higher officials responsible for protecting human rights and raising awareness on human rights.

Additionally, Babak co- pioneered the first ever women Jirga (Women Council) in the history of Pashtun Society and Pakistan. The All women Jirga was a monumental step in the history of Pakistan.

After this successful step of women jirga he created another platform called GIRLS UNITED FOR HUMAN RIGHTS to amplify the voices of adolescent girls in a leadership role. He was successful in achieving funds for this young girls group to stand on their own feet and raise voices against child marriages.

He has also organized Men & Boys Support Groups in the District as including men and boys in the process is vital to the success of women’s’ rights.

Shamsher Ali

The Awakening (Unverified)
Joined October 2017
Interests: Education, Gender-based violence, Women's Rights
I Shamsher Ali belongs to Swat Valley which was bruised by the insurgents / Taliban. i have worked for years in a strict, patriarchal, conservative and male dominant society to protect and advocate for Human Rights especially for girls, Women and Transgender Rights in Malakand Division, engaging with men women and youth to sensitize them about human rights . Focusing mainly on women and girls rights as their rights are violated every where and every time.
By joining this Network i am looking forward to work for the legal empowerment of voiceless people like women, girls, TGs and PWDs. also i am looking forward to enhance my skills and knowledge and also share my experiences with global friends and learn from their experiences.
Erfaan Hussein Babak is the network champion (main point of contact) for The Awakening.

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