Our Stories of Change

  • Women lawyers take the lead in Swat

    Ever since she was a child, Samreen Hakeem’s ambition had been to become a lawyer. Growing up in Swat district of Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, she observed how the women around her needed to be made aware of their basic rights. Yet, with virtually no trained female lawyers – and few educated women generally – accessing legal advice, and then acting on it, was a distant dream in this highly segregated society.

  • Fighting inequality

    “If you are determined to achieve something, success is destined however big the challenge may be.” says Safia, Lady Constable with the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Police from Charsadda who has been deployed in Swat, an area that was severely affected by military conflict. The past few decades of conflict had adverse consequences because of insecurity

  • Nazra’s sewing business in village Pak Ismail Khel, Bannu

    Patriarchal family systems are normal in conservative areas like Bannu and women’s mobility is restricted to the domestic space. While a complete transition is difficult and time-consuming, culturally sensitive development interventions can play a key role in creating spaces for young women to emerge as sources of economic support for their families, consequently expanding their roles beyond the domestic sphere. Nazra, a 28-year old resident of village Pak Ismail Khel in Bannu presents an example.

  • Amelia Rubin’s Journey

    Amelia is a certified volunteer community-based paralegal associated with the Community Development Programme (CDP) in Bannu, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and a bachelor’s student at the Kohat University of Science and Technology.

  • Empowering women Police Officers in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

    The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) commenced the Strengthening Rule of Law project (SRLP) in 2012 in post-crisis Malakand Division, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP). The project supports institutions tasked with ensuring the rule of law to help them provide quality justice that is accessible, affordable and fair, and by extension, to foster trust between communities and justice providers. A key component of this support was the European Union (EU)-funded 14-bed women’s dormitory and childcare facility at the Regional Training Centre (RTC) in Swat, which was inaugurated in November 2016. The RTC itself was established with support from the Government of the Netherlands, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the Government of KP.

  • Improving the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Police’s service delivery

    Violent conflict in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) often meant frequent attacks on Police installations which in turn led to their fortification. This protected the personnel within but may have presented an intimidating look to the public, discouraging people from lodging complaints or seeking Police assistance. The concept of model Police stations (MPS) was therefore introduced by the Inspector General of Police of KP in 2014 to make the Police more accessible to the public. The central idea was to convert existing Police stations into ‘models’ that offered better services and a people-friendly environment.

  • Conflict resolution in villages Garha Jutt and Garha Dasti of Dera Ismail Khan

    Community mobilization forms the backbone of all locally embedded development interventions under the Youth and Social Cohesion Project (YSCP). The formation of village-level community organizations allows community members to oversee the work being done by the YSCP. The initiative has been instrumental in creating a cohort of young leaders capable of taking UNDP’s development agenda forward after the organization’s withdrawal from project areas.

  • Electoral Security Trainings help mitigate violence