Shad Begum

Pakistani social worker

Shad Begum (شاد بیگم) is a social worker from Pakistan. [1] In 2012 she received the International Women of Courage Award from the U.S. Department of State. [2]

Shad Begum with Hillary Rodham Clinton and Michelle Obama in 2012 at the International Women of Courage Award


Shad comes from a conservative and religious family. She is the first woman in her family to study in a university. Shad's family supports the political party named Jamaat-i-Islami, a conservative religious party. Shad says she always got support for her work from her father, her brothers, and her husband. [1]


In 1994, Shad started the Association for Behaviour and Knowledge Transformation (ABKT). The organization helps women in the area with projects for education, politics, and health. It also has projects for bridges, pumps, wells, streets, and loans for small business. The association gets its money from the Pakistani government and from international groups.[3]


Shad had many problems because the society is conservative and dominated by men. There are very few working women. When the Taliban came to the area, Shad was threatened, so she moved the office to Peshawar. [3] When Shad received the International Women of Courage Award, she asked news reporters not to write about it, because she was afraid. [4]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Shad Begum teaches women's rights where that can get you killed". RupertAbroad. 2009-04-11. Retrieved 2022-04-23.
  2. "Pakistani activist gets US' International Women of Courage Award". The Express Tribune. 2012-03-08. Retrieved 2022-04-23.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Shad Begum: A Brave Lady From Pakistan, archived from the original on 2016-03-04, retrieved 2012-03-08
  4. Mrs Shad Begum does not want news to be spread, retrieved 2012-03-08

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