Badass Woman Of The Week: Khalida Brohi

Nearly 1000 "honor" killings are reported in Pakistan each year, murders by a family member for behavior deemed "shameful," such as a relationship outside of marriage. When Khalida Brohi, a village girl from Pakistan, witnessed the honor killing of a close friend who lost her life because she married for love instead of the choice groom of the family, she resolved to take a stance against it.

Khalida Brohi is the founder and executive director of the Sughar Empowerment Society, an organization to end honor killings and empower women in Pakistan. The non profit provides Pakistani women with the education, skills, and income opportunities to empower them to take a leadership role in their households, their communities, and the world. Through a six-month course, women gain business skills and learn to turn traditional embroidery into salable fashion products. Grads get small loans to start businesses and help connecting to markets.

Brohi has addressed numerous global forums and has received recognition for her work from the likes of Oprah Winfrey and Bill Clinton. She has won numerous awards and recognitions for her brave and inspiring works in Human Rights including:

Newsweek magazine's 25 under 25
One of the "100 Women Who Matter in Pakistan" by Newsweek
"Woman of Impact Award" by the Women in the World Foundation
Women Excellence Award by national Government of Pakistan
Young Champion Award from the University of Singapore

Unreasonable Institute Fellowship Award

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