In the Federally Administered Tribal Areas, women have been invisible and voiceless for centuries. Because women cannot be seen to be counted, their population is based on estimates in the absence of official figures.
According to the 1998 national census, Fata’s female population is 1.5 million, with around a three percent literacy rate.
The region has long been considered a difficult, if not impossible, area to access. And because Fata and most of the Pakhtun belt is a militarised and controlled space, it is impossible to investigate incidents of abuse and violence against women.
To work for the ratification and implementation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and of other related Charters, Covenants, Protocols, Resolutions, Recommendations and internationally adopted norms by Pakistan;
To promote research and studies in the field of human rights and to mobilize public opinion in favor of accepted norms through all available media and forums, and other activities like holding conventions and publishing report to further the cause
To cooperate with and aid national and international groups, organizations and individuals engaged in the promotion of human rights and to participate in meetings and conferences on human rights at home and abroad;
To take appropriate action to prevent violations of human rights and to provide legal aid and expertise to victims of those violations and to individuals and groups striving to protect human rights.
Alif foundation is independent, non-profit, non-political, non-sectarian and non-governmental organization primarily working on promoting basic education, Human Rights, to empower Women, and strengthening the public health system in Federally Tribal Administered Areas (FATA) of Pakistan.