Begum Jan

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Begum Jan at the International Women of Courage Awards In Washington DC, 2008

Begum Jan is a doctor from South Waziristan, Pakistan. In 2008 she received the International Women of Courage Award.[1] Jan cares for women and children in Pakistan's dangerous tribal areas.[2]

Life[change | change source]

When Jan was a child, she studied with boys, because there was no school for girls. When the tribal leaders said she could not go to high school with boys, she studied with a tutor. She went to medical school in Jalalabad, Afghanistan.[3]

Work[change | change source]

Jan worked at Pakistan Red Crescent. She worked with women and children at a mental hospital. She also worked with Afghan refugees. Jan started the Tribal Women Welfare Association.[1]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "International Women of Courage Award Ceremony: 2008".
  2. "Women of Courage".
  3. Jan, Saeedullah. "Tribal Women Welfare Association - Profile".