KPK women vary from the traditional housewives who live in seclusion to urban workers, some of whom seek or have attained parity with men. But due to numerous social hurdles, the literacy rate remains considerably lower for Pashtun females than for males. Abuse against women is present and increasingly being challenged by women’s rights organisations which find themselves struggling with conservative religious groups as well as government officials in both Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Qaumi Watan Party has accepted the cause of women as a challenge. Women leaders of the Party, the renowned politician and lawyer,Senator Anisa Zeb Tahirkheli, Presidential award winner educationist, MPA Meraj Hamyun Khan, the brilliant media expert Ex MPA Nasreen Khattak, the loyalist Ex MPA Nargis Samin, Naeema Nisar lead the change that is visibly seen in the districts where QWP women activists are working day and night to raise awareness and solve issues faced by women. At the district level, the QWP Charsadda ladies surpass everyone in their understanding of political issues, political gathering and oratory. Like their male colleagues, Farah, Shaheen, Zahida, and Jamila are ever ready to come out and speak for the Party and the women.Elsewhere Young and committed social activists like advocate Tania Gul, the ever popular Rehana Noor, Neelum Khan, Nishat, Nusrat and many more are attracted to QWP due to its policy of bringing women into mainstream politics and giving them equal rights as men.
Anisa Zeb Tarkheli who was known for fiery political oratory during her student days at University of Peshawar. She was elected an MPA in 1988 and later became a senator and state minister in the Musharraf government. Ms Tahirkheli has been with Qaumi Watan Party, which was recently renamed PPP-Sherpao, since its creation. A committed party member and a trusted companion of her leader Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao; she is currently the central secretary general of QWP.
Ms. Meraj Humayun Khan With a Masters degree in English Language from the University of Peshawar, Ms Meraj Humayun Khan has wide experience in the fields of community development, education, health, nutrition and emergency management, and micro-enterprise development especially for women. Founder and president of De Laas Gul, a non-government organization based in Peshawar, Ms Humayun Khan is an active social development associate of Raasta, particularly for field-based research and other projects in the province of KPK.
She has also been heading an NGO, Ittehad. She first joined Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf but later switched to QWP. Ms Hamayun has a vast experience in the field of education and nongovernmental development sector. Along with the member of provincial assembly in KPK, Ms. Meraj Humayun Khan is also heading QWP Social Media and Watan News.