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Rural Pakistan women fear for their lives for daring to leave the home and work

Rural Pakistan women fear for their lives for daring to leave the home and work

Working women in Pakistan fear for their safety after a female NGO worker was killed in the nation's northwest. Gunmen in a tribal area shot dead Farida Afridi after she ignored their calls to stop going to work because she was a woman.

In the large cities, women are relatively safe to work — but it is unthinkable in the remote, tribal areas where custom dictates that women will not work alongside men.

Before being gunned down, Afridi had been receiving threats but did not take them seriously. She was determined to fulfill her vision of girls and women receiving an education.  Despite the challenges, she herself managed to get a master's degree.  Her brother says that now, her younger sisters are afraid to go out.

Farida was a role woman for many other women.  They say that her vision will go on and more women may die to fulfill it.


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