Development Empowerment Women Association (DEWA) is a non-governmental, not for profit organization established in 1999. The organization was initiated by a women entrepreneurs group comprising of 25 no of women from Lower Dir who were trained during ILO Programme “Training & Employment for Rural Women” on skill of Dress Making & Tailoring, bees keeping and Enterprise Development. The group started working to empower and strengthen the local women through the knowledge and skills acquired during trainings.
After successful working and support to local women for 3 years, in 2002 the group decided to increase its area of operations to other parts of district through formalizing and registering. Thus DEWA was registered in 2002 under Social Welfare Ordinance Act 1961 in District Lower Dir.
The organization started working on Empowerment, Enterprise Development and considering the needs of community extended its operations to other sectors including health, education, infrastructure, environmental protection, conservation and community awareness. DEWA has good outreach in both the Districts i.e Lower and Upper Dir. The Organization has developed different groups through Social Mobilization.