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Total funding goal: $25,000

Total funding to date: $19,212

Remaining goal: $5,788

Total Donors: 227

Sughar Women With Wings

Project start date: 04/01/2014

Project completion date: 11/30/2015

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General Status Update

Date: 03/30/2014

Khalida Brohi Speaks at WITW 2014

Khalida Brohi, a women's rights activist from Pakistan, will be speaking at this year's Women in the World Summit.  The Women in the World Summit takes place in NYC in April of 2014. Khalida will be joined by other amazing women like Sharmeen Obiad Chinoy, Meryl Streep, Hillary Clinton, Uma Thurman and many others.

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General Status Update

Date: 03/30/2014

Khalida Brohi at TEdxMargalla

Khalida Brohi, the founder of Sughar - Women with Wings envisioning change for rural women in Pakistan.

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Sughar- Giving Women Wings

Balochistan, Pakistan

You can be a part of creating a Sughar Center! Sughar provides socio-economic empowerment to tribal women in Pakistan by establishing Women's Learning and Skill Development Centers in selected rural communities. Each Center provides a 6 month course to tribal/rural women on creating value through traditional embroidery creation & enterprise development. Sughar Centers also provide basic education and literacy skills to rural women which builds their decision making abilities and increases their contribution in their households and lives. With your support, within only three years, this center will be completely self-reliant and sustainable!

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Stahl Family Foundation

Amount: $2,500

Status: Open

Expires on: 2016-05-19

Aaron Lesher

Amount: $1,000

Status: Open

Expires on: 2016-03-11

Where this project is located

Info about Pakistan

Balochistan is the largest of Pakistan's four provinces in terms of area, constituting approximately 44% of the country's total land mass, and the smallest in terms of population, being home to less than 5% of the country's population. Balochistan province is bordered by Afghanistan to the north and north-west, Iran to the south-west, the Arabian Sea to the south, Punjab and Sindh to the east, and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Federally Administered Tribal Areas to the north-east. Quetta is the capital and largest city of Balochistan.

Project Milestones

According to UN about 1000 women are killed in the name of honor each year in Pakistan, thousands are exchanged into marriages and given off in marriage at the age of 9-10 years. Violence against women in the name of honor and customs have been persistent throughout the years because women have been kept away from education, awareness and the right to decision making. �We at Sughar believe that there is a way this issue can be solved by unleashing the potential in women.

How will this project solve this problem?

By establishing Sughar Centers! A Sughar Center is a hub in each village offering a 6 month course to 30 tribal women providing training and facilitation on basic education, creating value through producing traditional embroidery, life skills and enterprise development. During the 6 month course the women go through a life changing process of learning and understanding their rights through exposure visits, trainings and sessions from external tutors. At graduating they receive a loan to start businesses.

Potential Long Term Impact

The whole idea of unleashing the potential among women in this project is to create that long lasting impact for women leadership and decision making which will change many generations to come. Women will be more aware of their rights and the position they hold as a human being. Their knowledge and education will change the futures of their daughters and many will even create long term impact by hiring women in their businesses, growing them enough to change the economy and many lives.


The word "Sughar" in local language means skilled and confident woman. It is kind of label used for a rare number of women in Pakistan, however we at Sughar believe that it should be used for every single women around the country because all of them are skilled and confident, they only need opportunities to unleash that talent within.

Sughar establishes Women Learning and Skill Development Centers in selected rural communities where each Center gives a 6 month course to tribal/rural women on value-adding the traditional embroidery, enterprise development and also provide basic education and literacy skills and raise awareness of rural women which builds their capacities towards decision making and contribution in their households and lives.

Sughar have also launched Pakistan's first ever Rural Fashion Brand for the tribal/rural women in Pakistan to ensure that the traditional embroidery made by these women gets the space it deserves in the fashion industry of Pakistan and that women receive increased profit for their embroidery products.

The finished embroidery products are marketed via various means by Sughar including Marketplaces of Sughar and various exhibitions and stalls around Pakistan. Each course offers a minimum loan to each woman after graduating to initiate Primary Production Units at their homes thus promoting women entrepreneurship and contributing towards a decrease in violence in the name of honor!


- Named Forbes 30 Under 30
- ANGEL Award by The King Center
- Women of Impact Award by Women in the World Foundation
- Women Excellence Award by Women Development Department 
- Young Champion Award by University of Singapore
- Unreasonable Institute Fellowship Award
- YouthActionNet Fellowship Award 
- Foundation for Young Social Entrepreneurship Fellowship Award 
- Finalist for Ashoka ChangeMakers Staples Competition 
- Action Partner Oxfam International Youth Partnerships.

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