'No hardship could break my will and motivation,' said Uzma Nawaz, 24, one of the first female car mechanics in Pakistan.

Female police officers are active across Pakistan, taking on senior roles and arresting those accused of harassing women, sending a message of female empowerment.

Several Pakistani woman mountain climbers, including Samina Baig and Uzma Yousaf, have become torchbearers for other female enthusiasts of the sport.

Observers say the new service is a great initiative and will protect working women and female students who often endure sexual harassment on buses.

Women in Mohri Pur hope to exercise their right to vote, overturning a decades-old ban by their own men.

'My aim is to end terrorism, establish peace, empower women and democratise the tribal population,' said Ali Begum, a retired civil servant from Kurram Agency.

The newly inaugurated centre, the first in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, will provide free legal services for female and child victims of violence and other crimes.

The business community has welcomed the step and says it will bring more women into the mainstream.

The newly established courts are aimed at speeding up proceedings in cases of rape, abuse, human trafficking, harassment and other issues.

More women are running for seats and campaigning for elections amid recent reforms.