KHOR is an abbreviation of Khwendo Himmat-ao-Ranra, Pashto words that means “guiding light and strength of the Pashtun sisters”. KHOR is also a Pashto word that means “sister”; it is specially selected to represent “Pashtun sisterhood”, a feminist organization and movement empowering Pashtun women politically, socially and economically in the region. Hence, the organization’s structure is headed and administered by the women only with the exception of certain staff. The KHOR’s movement will not be limited to Pakistan but will also engage the women from Pashtun diaspora living in other parts of the world, struggling against the oppressive structures.
Values are the basic principles of KHOR and it pledges to uphold and reflect in its work
- Peace and harmony: KHOR strongly believes in peace and harmony, therefore it will not promote or support any kind of violence in its surroundings and work.
- Respect and Dignity: KHOR’s office bearers/employees are trained to treat all the stakeholders with respect. It acknowledges and honours the value and dignity of all the individuals, therefore it pledges to create and maintain an environment that respects diverse traditions, heritages, and experiences.
- Transparency: KHOR ensures that donor funds or grants from different sources are utilised properly and honestly. Hence, all the transactions are done in a transparent manner. It provides and expects access to honest and accurate exchange of information regarding financial matters.
- Accountability: KHOR’s office bearers/employees hold themselves accountable of ethical behaviour and responsibility for their actions, while maintaining integrity in their performance and advocating for it in the public institutions.
- Equity and Fairness: KHOR as an organisation is committed to equal treatment of every one and elimination of discrimination of every type (gender, sect, religious, tribal, cast) at its organizational levels and throughout all its programs.
- Gender and Diversity: KHOR recognises the need for its work to reflect and promote respect for gender and diversity issues. It welcomes cross-cultural diversities, hence is open to new ideas and experiences.