Maryam Bibi

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Maryam Bibi

Name:  Maryam Bibi

Where: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Tribal Areas, NW Pakistan
What she does: Works tirelessly for women and children’s rights
Impact:  Has enabled women and girls in NW Pakistan to receive education, health and civil rights and pushed the cause of peace and community development to politicians
Nominated by: Marilyn Crawshaw, UK Friends of Khwendo Kor; and Caroline Pym of the J A Clark Charitable Trust


Maryam Bibi’s work in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and the remote Tribal Areas of Pakistan – at the heart of the so-called ‘war on terror’ where poverty is grinding and attitudes towards women are deeply conservative – is inspirational.

Born to an illiterate local woman, married at a young age and a mother of four by her 20s, Maryam established Khwendo Kor (KK) (which means Sisters’Home in Pashto) in 1993 to bring improvements for other women.   It now employs more than 300 staff from 7 offices.  It brings female education where there was none; trains Traditional Birth Attendants to ensure safer maternity care; takes medical camps to remote areas; sets up micro-credit schemes for women to alleviate their poverty and bring them power and dignity; encourages women to exercise their right to vote; and campaigns on domestic violence and corporal punishment.

Maryam and her staff work tirelessly for peace and stability, placing their necks on the line every day of their lives.  Death threats are commonplace, their offices have been bombed and their staff attacked. Maryam’s warmth and humanity, fierce intellect, steadfast sense of human rights and capacity to engage with people in all walks of life from senior international politicians to village women is second to none.  Her approach to her work is visionary and provides an important model for effective woman-centred, sustainable community development

4 Responses to “Maryam Bibi”

  1. Ibrash Pasha September 12, 2011 at 6:04 am #

    Congritulation to Maryam Baji and the whole KK family. Also thanks to FROK to nominate/ recommend Maryam Bibi for it.

    Ibrash Pasha

    • sana ejaz September 14, 2011 at 4:56 pm #

      Hey ,Mariam Bibi This Is Sana Ejaz Training Officer Baacha Khan Trust Educational Foundation I am very happy to see your efforts for women of our region .accept my congrates for your achievements.

  2. Imran Malik September 12, 2011 at 8:16 am #

    she i s so nice .i like her so much coz of her work
    i want to work with her .if she understands that i m able to provide some support.
    m computer hardware technician.working in Waseb Tv channel as IT incharge in Multan.

  3. Salma Amir September 26, 2011 at 12:50 pm #

    Many Congratulations to Maryam Bibi and KK family. Its wonderful looking at Maryam Bibi and KK playing a marvellous role in the development of women and children in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. I had the opportunity of working with her in KK for four years and still I regard KK as my parent organization where I have learnt a lot.

    My good wishes are also with her and her organization.

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