Fareeda Kokikhel Afridi
She graduated from university with a master's degree in gender studies. While still in school, with her sister Noor Zia Afridi, she founded the Society for Appraisal and Women Empowerment in Rural Areas (SAWERA), a women-run NGO promoting women's empowerment in FATA.
In June 2012, she told journalists she was being threatened. Her friends and colleagues suspected the threats originated with FATA Taliban militants.
On 5 July 2012, as Afridi left her home in the Khyber tribal area to go to work in Hayatabad a suburb of Peshawar, she was shot once in the head and twice in the neck by two motorcyclists, who afterwards escaped. She died in hospital.
Condemning the murder at a protest camp organized by the Aurat Foundation along with Peshawar Press Club and Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa's Information Minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain stated:
- Activist’s killing reverberates in Pakistan
- Woman NGO worker shot dead in Peshawar
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- Positive Pakistanis: Sister act
- Pakistani Women's Rights Activist Fareeda 'Kokikhel' Afridi Shot Dead in Peshawar
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- Woman activist’s murder widely condemned
- Farida Afridi's murder: Alliance calls for timely justice, protection on human rights activists
- HRCP condemns killing of human rights activist, alleged blasphemer
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