EYWLC Program Manager
Gulalai, from a Pashtun tribal family of Loralai, Baluchistan, is striving to bridge the gap between women and education. Despite belonging to an area of limited opportunities, especially for women, Gulalai paved a path
for herself through academic excellence and family support. She obtained a bachelor’s degree with distinction, a masters in economics, and MPhil
degree in development studies from Pakistan Institute of Development Economics (PIDE). As a co-founder of Civic Face Pakistan, Gulalai wants to create a forum for the youth of the country to interact with the activists worldwide and share their experiences and thoughts for building peaceful multi-lateral relations among nations of the world. She is also a researcher by profession, writing on grave issues of women, war and governance.
Gulalai is also an “Emerging Leaders of Pakistan” Fellow, program by Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center which helped her raise voice about the prevailing situation of Balochistan in an international forum. She has always been on forefront to raise voice against any human rights violation that she ever witnessed. Gulalai already measure her success through changed mindsets. Convinced that one who has “walked on a hurdled road can clear the way for others,” she aims to ameliorate opportunities for education in Baluchistan and not only empower women but also help them be recognized as assets of society.
Emerging Young Women Leaders Congress 2015
Mrs.Tawakul Abdulsalam Khaled Karman
Nobel Peace Laureate 2011
Ms.Tawakkul Karman was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011 in recognition of her work in non-violent struggle for the expression rights, safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in peacebuilding work in Yemen. Upon being awarded the prize, Tawakkol became the first Yemeni, the first Arab woman, and the second Muslim woman to win a Nobel Peace Prize, as well as the youngest Nobel Peace Laureate to date, at the age of 32. Karman is a mother of three as well as a human rights activist, journalist, politician, president of Women Journalists without Chains organization. She is a General Coordinator of peaceful youth revolution council and she is a member of the advisory board for the Transparency International organisation and for several international Human rights NGOs. Bold and outspoken, Karman has been imprisoned on a number of occasions for her pro-democracy, pro-human rights protests. Amongst Yemen’s Youth movement, she is known as “mother of the revolution”, “the iron woman”, and recently (The lady of the Arab spring). Tawakkol was born in 1979 in Taiz, Yemen’s third largest city. She studied an undergraduate degree in Commerce from the University of Science and Technology in Sana’a before completing a graduate degree in Political Science from the University of Sana’a.
Senator Ms. Nuzhat Sadiq
Senator Nuzhat Sadiq to the PML-N (Pakistan Muslim League) party and is head of its women’s wing. She is currently is Chairperson, Senate Standing Committee on Foreign Relations. In all her roles, she says the foundation of her success is not only hard work, but also making herself readily available to constituents and colleagues—and effectively bridging divides.
As a former member of the National Assembly, Sadiq was a founder of the Women’s Parliamentary Caucus in 2008, serving as Treasurer and later General Secretary of the group. She currently serves on multiple parliamentary committees and uses her posts to drive legislation promoting the role of women in ending violence and conflict in Pakistan. Over the past decade, she has championed bills ranging from an act to combat domestic violence to a law against harassment in the workplace and another aimed at preventing acid attacks. She also pushed successfully for a law creating the National Commission on the Status of Women, an oversight body with counterparts at the provincial level.
Senator Sadiq has traveled extensively both domestically and abroad to advocate for democratic stability and women’s political, social, and economic empowerment at all levels. A graduate of CB College for Women in Peshawar, she is proficient in English, Urdu, and Punjabi. Sadiq singles out her 2014 election as National Commissioner of Pakistan’s Girl Guides Association as a particularly meaningful honor, both because of her dedication to supporting the development of young women and because, in taking on that position, she is following in the footsteps of the mother-in-law and mentor who made such a difference in her own life.
Mrs. Fauzia Kasuri
Mrs. Fauzia Kasuri, is a Pakistani politician and is one of the central figures of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf. Mrs.Fauzia Kasuri is a founding member of Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf, a movement for justice in Pakistan. Apart from raising funds for the party, she has been President of the Women Wing of the party for 17 years and is responsible for building women chapters of the party in Europe, the Middle East and the US. She has been a member of the Manifesto and Constitution Committees of the party and has played a leading role in nurturing the women and youth wings within the party. Currently, she is Chairperson of the Advisory Council on Women Development with the Poverty Eradication Initiative.( PEI) She is a long-time volunteer for the Shaukat Khanum Cancer Hospital and Research Center, involved in the international fund raising for the charity. Fauzia Kasuri has a long track record of fund raising for the Imran Khan Foundation as well. Having been affiliated with many social causes like the SOS, the Layton Rahmatullah Benevolent Trust, she is also on the Board of I-Care Foundation in Pakistan and was a leading figure for the relief work with the IDPs from Waziristan.
Senator Sitara Ayaz
Senator Sitara Ayaz is from District SWABI, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan and has political affiliation with ANP (Awami National Party). She was a development consultant and was remained as Head of Head of APWA (KPK) from 2003 to 2008 and Provincial Minister of KPK for Social Welfare and Women Empowerment 2008-2013. She is member of Senate Standing Committees on Human Rights, Defence Production, Climate Change, States and Frontier Regions and Electoral Reforms Committee and House Committee
Dr. Samia Raheel Qazi
Dr. Samia Raheel Qazi is the President of Women and Family Commission and Vice President Political Cell of Jammat e Islami. She is the Only Female member of Council of Islamic Ideology (a constitutional body for legislation according to Islamic Principles). Dr. Samia is also founding Member and Assistant Secretary General International Muslim Women Union (IMWU)Asia, an NGO with ECOSOC status, the largest one of the Muslim women in 70 countries of the globe. She is Trustee, Women Aid trust. WAT is a NGO striving for women’s uplift besides providing legal aid to the imprisoned women. Dr. Samia is also member of foreign affairs committee Jamaat-e-Islami Women wing. She has been Member of the National Assembly (MNA). Dr Samia Holds First Class First Master Degree in Islamic Studies with first position from Balochistan University. She is having a doctorate from University of Punjab, Lahore on “Family System in Islam and contemporary challenges”.
Ms. Shaista Pervaiz Malik
General Secretary, Women’s Parliamentary Caucus
Ms.Shaista Pervaiz Malik is Member National Assembly of Pakistan since May 2013. She is Secretary General of Wmen’s Parliamentary Caucus. She is also Chairperson of SAARC Chambers Women Entrepreneurs Council. Mrs. Shaista is the Chief Organizer of Women’s Wing (Lahore), Pakistan Muslim League (N), the ruling party. She is President, SERVE an NGO working with Community participation in Government High Schools (under adoption scheme of Government of Punjab). Ms.Malik has also been involved in rehabilitation work in the earthquake affected area of Northern Pakistan since 2005. Similar work done for flood affected area of Southern Punjab especially Muzzafargarh including setting up of a Vocational Centre for women empowerment. Ms. Malik has been doing community services including providing assistance/ maintenance of IDPs. Having been members of several important public and private bodies, Ms. Malik is providing ample vision to the organisations for supporting the communities especially those marginalized.
Ms. Moneeza Hashmi
President, Public Media Alliance
While her area of specialization lies in primary and elementary education, Moneeza Hashmi entered the world of television in 1964 as Assistant Producer of Pakistan Television (PTV), Lahore. Her association with the PTV lasted till 2006 when she retired as Director Programmes, the first female to head this position Moneeza Hashmi was the Master Trainer for the workshop series for the Institute of Information and Education, San Francisco, USA, titled ‘Gender, media and reproductive health’; advocacy of strategies for action which were held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia April 2003; and, Johannesburg, South Africa, September 2004.In the recent past she has trained Media professionals not only across Pakistan but in Maldives,Sri Lanka,India and Malaysia in collaboration with Asia Broadcasting Union (ABU) for a project funded by UNESCO.
Recipient of various national and international awards, one of the most prestigious one that Ms.Hashmi has received is the President of Pakistan’s Pride of Performance Award 2002 for contribution in portrayal of women in electronic media of Pakistan.
At present Moneeza Hashmi is President of Public Media Alliance, a UK based international media organization which was formerly known as Commonwealth Broadcasting Association. She is serving her third term as President, the first female and only Pakistani to reach this prestigious position. She is also General Manager International Relations of HUM TV which is one of the largest and most successful private TV channels of Pakistan. She was also appointed to the coveted Benazir Bhutto Chair for Peace and Reconciliation through Education at Lahore College for Women University (LCWU) in Lahore and is in her 3rd year of the position. LCWU is the largest women university in Asia.
She was recently awarded NHK Japan President Award for her outstanding achievements in the field of Educational Television in Pakistan.
Executive Director, Uks Media Research Centre
Ms. Tasneem Ahmar holds Masters degrees in Communication (1989 University of Hawaii, USA and Mass Communication (1978 University of Karachi, Pakistan. Currently heading Uks Research Centre- a media advocacy and monitoring organization, she is also Executive producer for Meri Awaz Sunno (hear my voice), a rights-based radio programme with a predominantly female technical and editorial team.
Ms. Ahmar started her career as a desk journalist from The Muslim, an English language daily in Pakistan. She has worked at the Dawn Group of newspapers and has held posts of Research Associate Women’s Study Centre, Quaid-e-Azam University, Pakistan and Assistant Professor, Mass Communication department, Karachi University, Pakistan. She was also the Country Director of Overseas Research Centre, Pakistan office of AIPS (American Institute of Pakistan Studies).
Ms. Ahmar has been a free-lance journalist since 1986 and her cover story on violence against women titled “Trial by Fire” published in an English language monthly The Herald (September 1995) was presented at the 1995 Beijing Conference. Ms. Ahmar has authored many research papers, participated in many international and regional seminars and workshops and conferences on issues around women, development and media. She has edited many media studies and media guides on issues ranging from violence against women, HIV and AIDS to gender sensitivity in the media. In 1998, she received Mary Morgan Hewett Award on Excellence in Feature Writing. In June 2009, she received the prestigious International Media Leadership Award from Internews-USA.
Ms. Sultana Siddiqui
CEO, HUM TV, Network
Ms. Sultana Siddiqui is the founder and President of HUM Network Ltd., Pakistan’s largest and fastest- growing entertainment broadcast station and recognized as one of the top 25 Companies listed on the Karachi Stock Exchange. Ms. Siddiqui started her career as a producer at PTV Karachi studios in 1974. During her tenure she produced numerous programs on music, children, serials and special programs. She has received national and international awards including: PTV’s Silver Jubilee Award (for children’s programming), Best Producer award for music, 10 Years Best Producer 1987-1997; Woman of Vision Award ((Media Women Journalists And Publisher’s Organization) Hazrat Khadijat ul Kubra award (Federation of Business and Professional Women, Pakistan ); and Nigar Award (the most popular Film and media Awards in Pakistan). In recognition of her dedicated and outstanding services in the field of Art (TV production) the President of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, conferred the Presidential Award of “Pride of Performance” to her in 2008.
Ms. Siddiqui has represented Pakistan in various workshops and seminars abroad. She has served with distinction on the boards of many organizations. Supporting and encouraging women has been her passion and mission. She has been associated with reputable NGOs that are working for women’s issues. Through her work she has projected the soft image of Pakistan by making women the central theme of her plays and shows. She is contributing with passion towards women’s causes, including running schools in the rural area of Sindh, Pakistan, which focus on girls’ education. In 1996, she founded a production house by the name of “Moomal Productions” through which high quality plays are being produced to date and which has received numerous awards.
Ms. Siddiqui became the first woman in South Asia to launch a television network which she has run successfully, as President, since its inception. In 2004 she established “Eye Television Network Ltd”, now HUM Network, Ltd., the first TV broadcast station to be listed on the Karachi Stock Exchange. Many of the key positions in HUM are occupied by women.
The HUM Network has brought new programming to Pakistan and the world during Ms. Siddiqui leadership, including:
- HUM, the first purely entertainment channel in the county has become Pakistan’s most sought after entertainment channel. It is now being viewed in 30 countries around the world. It’s programming is being dubbed for viewing in other languages.
- Masala, South Asia’s first 24-hour food channel.
- Style 360, Pakistan’s first fashion & style channel. Today Style 360 hosts the largest live fashios hows in Pakistan, promoting the work of 100’s of Pakistani designers throughout the world; and, more recently,
- HUM Sitaray, an entertainment channel revolving around sit-coms, reality shows, fashion shows and game shows.
Ms Siddiqui was ranked as one of the top 100 business leaders of Pakistan in 2012 and 2013 by CEO Summit Asia. A woman with outstanding leadership qualities, she is determined, resilient and hardworking, a role model for entrepreneurs, young and old.
Ms.Farah Naveed Warraich
Editor Jahan Pakistan
Ms. Farah Warraich is having 29 years of experience of journalism as regular working journalist with Daily JANG, Lahore and Daily JEHANPAKISTAN. Having an MA in Journalism, Ms. Farah is also a visiting faculty member of Institute of Communication Studies of Punjab University Lahore. Ms.Faraha was the first women News Editor and the first Women Chief News Editor of Pakistan in Urdu Journalism. Ms.Farah has also received 4th Estate Award for her outstanding contribution and work. She has also represented Pakistan in various international conferences.
Executive Director, Sahil
Ms.Manizeh has a PhD in Special Education from University of Punjab Lahore and an M. Phil Special Education from University of Oslo, Norway. She was the first Chairman of Board of Directors of Sahil and have been working as the Executive Director of Sahil since 2002 to date. Ms. Manizeh brings along experience in the field of Special Education since 1972 and has been doing voluntary social work for 35 years. Ms. Manizeh has worked with many institutes for the disabled and other organizations as an advisor, consultant and volunteer. Her expertise includes; developing curriculum for hearing impaired children, teachers training on quality education, situational analysis of communities’ special needs, training of health workers on identification and prevention of disabilities. Ms. Manizeh has the honor of developing the First Sign Language Dictionary in Pakistan.
Ms. Farhana Faruqi-Stocker
Farhana Faruqi Stocker holds a Master’s degree in Social Anthropology from the University of Sussex, UK, with specialisation in Third World Development. She is a development and humanitarian practitioner and has served in strategic leadership positions in international aid sector. She also worked as a Visiting Faculty at Department of Anthropology of Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad Pakistan where she developed and taught two new courses during 1992-94: ‘Social Change and Development’ and ‘Women and Development’. She specialises in the region of South and Central Asia, and has been associated with numerous leading global organisations. Much of her professional life is spent living and working in contexts of complex political emergency, natural disasters, and acute and endemic poverty characterized with weak governance and fragile
institutional set-ups. Stocker’s areas of expertise and interests include accountable local government, inclusive development, and transformative peacebuilding. She feels passionately about putting vulnerable and politically marginalised and voiceless people, particularly women, youth and children, at the centre of development and humanitarian effort. She believes that risks and crisis offer strategic opportunities to civil society, aid community, and to the governments to create enabling conditions for building social harmony and addressing historical sense of injustices through smart investment and sustained engagement. She also believes that with more competent women in leadership roles at all levels and in all spheres of life, the wounds and pain of our world will lessen, making it more tolerant place, and will see inclusive growth, less conflicts and more harmony. In 2012, One World Action listed Stocker among the 100 unseen powerful women leaders, who changed the world through public service.
Director, Insan Foundation Trust
Ms.Kishwar is a peace activist, trainer, researcher, artist, advisor and founder of several bodies working on women’s rights, improved governance, peace and security. In her professional career of 17 years she has directed several projects and programs. She is currently working as Director of Insan Foundation Trust, an NGO focusing on women’s empowerment and youth leadership in peace building. During 2010 to 2015 Insan has reached to 58,000 youths (boys and girls) across Pakistan (AJK, Balochistan, Gilgit Baltistan, FATA, Punjab and Sindh) through its Peace & Democracy Initiative – Act for Change.
Kishwar is founding member of the Women’s Regional Network (WRN) on Peace & Security – a network of women peace activists from Pakistan, India and Afghanistan; Women Waging Peace Network; Afghanistan/Pakistan Peace Dialogue Forum, Provincial Board of Governors (BoG), Local Councils Association of the Punjab (LCAP), Asia Pacific Women’s Alliance on Peace & Security (APWAPS), Regional Women’s Mediators Network and Ending Violence Against Women and Girls Alliance (EVAWGA), Islamabad. She has served as member of International Working Group on Women, Peace and Security during 2011-2012. She is also a Core Member of South Asian Feminists Network (SANGAT) Kishwar has trained thousands of women and men, boys and girls from Pakistani and Afghan Urban and Rural Communities, Universities and Schools, CBOs, NGOs, INGOs, Media, Donor Projects, Political Parties, Government and Public Institutions on Gender, Governance, Peace, Security, Development, Education, Communication and Rights. Kishwar has authored numerous booklets and illustrated children’s books. She holds master’s degree in geography from University of the Punjab. She was the first female of her family to obtain a college education and then work professionally.
Ms.Azra Nafees Yousafzai
Social and Peace Activist,
Azra Nafees Yousafzai is a committed Educationist, Poet, Writer, Social and Peace activist, and Entrepreneur, who has been actively engaged in helping the under privileged children and women of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and particularly the militancy prone FATA region. Hailing from the troubled Dir district of Malakand, Ms Yousafzai has been raising her voice for women and children rights social justice, gender equality, and against persecution of minorities for the past many years. She has been active on various platforms in pursuit of her objectives including:
She undertook philanthropic work in the earthquake and flood affected areas of KPK during 2008 and 2010 mostly providing relief to widows and children. In 2014, she was engaged in delivering support to the females/widows IDPs of Waziristan through her volunteer group “SAHAR Group of Volunteers” and paid several visits to IDP Camps/host localities in Bannu and surrounding areas. Azra has participated in discussions on various media channels and radio programs and organizing a number of events on women/ social issues and raised awareness about need for tolerance, peace and women rights.
Her recent work has been on “Electoral reforms – Women Perspective” in which she has been part of a panel of prominent women participating in several seminars organised by the United Nation Development Project (UNDP) to develop recommendations on improving women participation in decision making and political participation. She is currently working on writing a chapter “Impact of War & Violence on Young Minds” for the book “Women & Children: The Politics of Conflict in South Asia” edited by Professor Dr. Bina D’Costa of the Australian National University, Canberra, Australia. The book is currently under publication by the Cambridge University Press (CUP). Azra has been speaking on several literary forums. As a writer and poet her area of interest is the promotion and preservation of indigenous culture and spreading. Azra Nafees has won many awards for her literary and social work which includes a National Award for “Best Social Worker for bringing Social Change” by Innovative Youth Forum.
Mrs.Mehtab Akbar Rashdi
Distinguished Civil Servant, Scholar, Writer and Broadcaster
Mrs. Mahtab Akbar Rashdi hails from a prominent family of Larkana. She started her career as an educationist and thereafter joined International relations Department University of Sindh in 1973, later on went to university of Massachusetts USA on full bright scholarship to pursue Masters in International Relations, her decision to travel abroad for advanced studies was her determination to rise above ordinary. After completing her 2nd Masters she joined as Chairperson of International Relations Department, University of Sindh at Jamshoro.
Her administrative career has been outstanding she also served as Director Institute of Sindhology and Regional Director, University Grants Commission, at Jamshoro. Sindh Government acquired her services in 1988, it is significant to note that she has not only worked on many important position with the Sindh Government but also has the honor of being the first ever woman Secretary in the history of the Sindh Secretariat. Where she served as Secretary Culture & Tourism, Youth affairs & sports Director General Environmental Protection Agency, Secretary Social Welfare and Women Development, Secretary Education, Director General Provincial Ombudsmen Secretariat, Secretary Information and secretary inter provincial coordination. Presently she is working as Executive Director of HUM Television Network Ltd.
Her role as bureaucrat in these important positions has been pivotal in bringing about positive and progressive changes in the respective departments, which were highly appreciated in the government circles as well as by the general public.
She is also actively associated with various learned bodies, forums and social organizations through which she took number of initiatives in bringing awareness to educate women about their rights and also helped them to identify business opportunities because she strongly believes that economic empowerment of women is going to have significant socio economic ramifications for both society as well as the economy.
She contributes articles to various leading journals and weeklies of Sindhi, English, and Urdu on Social issues, Environment, International relation and culture. Her book on “Indo-Pak Relations” was published in 1989. She has also presented various talk shows on TV, which acclaimed tremendous popularity among the viewers. One of the very noticeable qualities of Mahtab Rashdi is her genuine endeavor to give her best in whatever she does.
This indomitable woman has proven her leadership qualities by her commitments to accept all assignments as a challenge and has set precedents for others to follow. She has the energy and optimism that she shares with all those who come into her life. A fighter and an achiever, this remarkable personality is a true woman of today. In recognition of her outstanding contributions she has been conferred with number of awards including “Pride of Performance” the national award by the President of Pakistan.
She is the president of RAHNUMA – family planning association of Pakistan (FPAP). She is member Sindh Provincial Assembly representing of Muslim League (Functional).
Ms. Shahnaz Wazir Ali
Former Federal Minister of Pakistan
Ms. Shahnaz Wazir Ali is a social activist and holds Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Arkansas, USA and in Education Administration from Trenton College, New Jersey. She has participated in numerous trainings, one such significant is Principal’s Certification from Harvard University, Cambridge, USA.
She was the Executive Director of the Pakistan Centre for Philanthropy (PCP), in Islamabad, Pakistan before becoming member of national assembly of Pakistan on a reserve seat for women. Ms. Ali has served as Special Assistant to the Prime Minister of Pakistan of the Social Sector. She has also served on the boards of the National Commission for Human Development, the Economic Advisory Council of Pakistan, UNESCO and the Fund for Inclusion of Disabled Persons, amongst others.
Ms. Ali’s career spans 37 years of experience in policy and practice in the education sector in government and the private sector. In particular, her significant contributions are in the health and education sector, which include the concept, design, planning and implementation of Pakistan’s largest primary health care initiative more commonly known as the Lady Health Workers Program which delivers preventive and promotive health services to women and children through the village based LHWs. The establishment of the Prime Minister’s Literacy Commission, the National and Provincial Education Foundations, the National Education Assessment System and priority actions on EFA are also among her major contributions in the Education Sector. As the Co-chair of the 21 member Pakistan Education Task Force, Ms. Wazir Ali is leading a strategically focused national effort for implementations of the National Education Policy.
During 2009 she has also held the charge of the Higher Education Commission, which regulates the tertiary sector and is the standard setting authority for all 124 universities of Pakistan. She has been an active member of the National Commission for Human Development leading the restructuring effort to provide greater focus on EFA through Primary school enrolments
Ms.Zubaida Jalal Khan
Former Federal Minister and Educationist
Zubaida Jalal the Former Minister for Education, Women development, Social Welfare and Special Education of Pakistan was born in August 1959 at Kuwait. She received her early education at Quetta and later on obtained her masters degree in English literature from the University of Balochistan.
She is a native of Mand in Merkan district which is one of the most deprived and desolate areas of Pakistan. Moved by the underdevelopment of the area Jalal established a Girls’ Primary School in Mand on Self-help basis in the year 1982. The school performed outstandingly well in the first year of its operation. Based on its excellent performance it was handed over to the Government of Balochistan.
Zubaida moved on to become a volunteer with the Family Planning Association of Pakistan. She participated in the Fourth World Women Conference at China in 1995 as an official delegate. She is the first woman from Balochistan to go for a General Seat in the National Assembly in Balochistan in 2002 and winning taking her in the Pakistan Federal Cabinet as Minister of Education based on her services as an activist educator. She widely travelled abroad to study the primary education system prevalent in other countries.
While teaching at school, she completed her MA in English Literature from Balochistan University. In 1993, her services were recognized by the Government of Pakistan and honoured her with Pride of Performance Award for Education by the President of Pakistan. She has authored many publications include Papers on Baloch Embroidery and Poverty. Zobaida Jalal is also on the Board of Children’s Literature Festival Pakistan.
Head of Curriculum Wing, Education and Literacy Deptt, Government of Sindh
Dr. Fouzia Khan is an avid Developmental activist, whose career and interests are a reflection of her developmental pursuits. A psychologist by qualification, an educationist by profession, and a media personality by interest, she has innumerous contributions to various social issues through her work in each of the aforementioned capacities. Dr. Fouzia began her career in Professional psychology with an inclination towards research. She began her academic endeavors by engaging with the provincial education and literacy department. This was followed by a stint at Szabist where she joined as a professor and eventually became.
Dean of the social sciences department. After joining another institution as dean, Dr. Fouzia is currently serving as Head of Curriculum wing with the provincial education department and is responsible for spearheading reforms pertaining to the curriculum.
Dr. Fouzia’s holistic abilities are a testament to her diverse interests. Apart from her involvement in academia, she has consistently interacted with media as well, periodically featuring on TV, print and radio platforms. As an activist, she has always valued the media’s potency as a platform to propagate social reforms; she has vehemently spoken about gender issues, social taboos and active citizenship.
Dr. Fouzia has over 30 research papers which she has presented at various national and international platforms. Being an advocate of academic contributions to social thought, her research focus has also been around burning social issues whereby she has written about the role of women at homes, workplaces, and public spaces in context of the issues of isolation and discrimination they constantly face.
Dr. Fouzia remains a vanguard for various social reforms through her active involvement with various associations, as a mentor to the youth, as an active social critic, as a media personality and in her capacity as an educationist.
Ms. Masarrat Misbah
CEO, Smile Again Foundation
Masarrat Misbah, a beautician of international repute turned philanthropist is one of the most successful entrepreneurs in Pakistan. She is the pioneer of beauty business in Pakistan. She heads Deilex Beauty Clinic and Institute established over thirty years back, which now has 35 branches and frenchises across Pakistan. Her charismatic and promising personality reflects vividly her love for beauty and more importantly her response and sensitivity for those who have accidentally lost it. In \ 2005, Masarrat Misbah established Depilex Smileagain Foundation to help acid burn victims, through medical treatment, psycho-social support and skill training for their \ rehabilitation. The adversity in the lives of many acid burn victims of violence is overcome by educating them in various skills so that they are able to earn a living for themselves.
For her valuable contribution in various fields of life, Masarrat Misbah is the recipient of several prestigious awards including the “Pride of Performance”. She is the first women from Pakistan who has been awarded by the Italian Government on Women’s Day for her courage and commitment. Masarrat Misbah is frequently invited as a valued guest to deliver lectures in the field of beauty, philanthropy and social work by leading universities/educational institutes.
CEO, Care Foundation
Seema Aziz is an entrepreneur and social activist who has been working for the cause of education in Pakistan since 1988. She is the Founder and Chairperson of CARE Foundation, the largest non-governmental organization in Pakistan, educating more than 185,000 students through 396 schools. CARE has pioneered a unique public private partnership model which enables it to reach the maximum number of children and provide them with “quality, marketable education”.
In 1985, she started a business, to prove that Pakistan could produce embroidered fabric equal in quality and design to the best in the world. Today, 30 years on, Bareeze is a symbol of pride for Pakistan and the most recognizable Pakistani brand both within the country and abroad. The Bareeze group, which now has 13 brands, sells through over 520 points of sale worldwide and is Pakistan’s largest fashion retailer.
Seema has studied from University of Punjab and Harvard Business School. Being actively involved in improving the educational opportunities for the children of Pakistan, she is on the board of multiple government and private bodies working in the sector as well as a global advisor for Harvard Business School.
Emerging Young Women Leaders Congress Fellows 2015
Jalila Haider a founder of WE THE HUMANS, Pakistan is the first female attorney of her Hazara community, an ethnic minority in Baluchistan, Pakistan that is frequently victimized and subject to discrimination. She specializes in defending women’s rights and provides free counseling and legal services to poverty-affected women on fair justice, extra-judicial killing, domestic violence, marriage disputes, sexual harassment, and property rights. She pleads for human rights and raises her voice against the forced disappearance and extrajudicial killing of missing persons and genocide of minorities of Pakistan. Jalila is also an active member in the National Commission of Justice and Peace, working to enact personal laws for minorities in Pakistan. In recognition of her service, Jalila was nominated by her community as an independent election candidate for the General Election in 2013. She is also an active member of Baluchistan Youth Forum, working in collaboration with the Center for Research and Security Studies, to promote secularism, rule of law, and harmony among the people of Baluchistan and other provinces. Jalila has also become the 50 most influential and powerful Women of Pakistan in THE NEWS WOMEN POWER 50.she also selected as the emerging leaders of Pakistan fellow 2014, represented Baluchistan province with the other youth of Pakistan in USA. She was invite by Jadeja foundation as first batch of Pakistani fellows who attended Rajiv circle fellowship by Jadeja Motwani foundation in San Francisco in the year 2015. On her return from US she took back many ideas and shared with different youth group, and shared the idea that how can we take a proper step to implement such ideas through her organization WE THE HUMANS.
Shazia Ahmed Langove
Shazia is an emerging political figure in Balochistan. She was elected as secretary women affairs in 2010 and 2014 in National Party and still working in same position. Shazia actively represents women participation in Baluchistan’s politics and plays positive role in changing particular mindset about women participation in politics. She has served as a Coordinator for Interparty Human Right Commission for National Party (NP) from April 2011 to September 2012. She is a certified Trainer from National Democratic Institute (NDI) and serving as Master Trainer for National Party (NP) and has been part of NDI seminars workshops and trainings on different agendas in Quetta for last six years. Shazia is also a Researcher from International Republican Institute (IRI) and serves as Consultant for research with Institute for Public Opinion and Research (IPOR). Currently, she is representing her party in “Aman jirga Baluchistan” which is a platform to raise voice for peace. Shazia is at forefront in organizing events like” All parties conference in Baluchistan” under the umbrella of National party where intellectuals of All political parties of Baluchistan participates and made an alliance to work for peace and conflict resolution. Efforts of Shazia’s past 8 years revolve around the empowerment of women, youth and endorsing the social and political rights to youth and women by engaging them in social activities, seminars, conferences, workshops and trainings based. Being a part of many social organizations/NGOs, Shazia has gathered people and work for prosperity of Baluchistan and Pakistan. She also established a vocational training center in her hometown Kalat for girls to empower them economically by providing them skills and marketing their products. She has been recently elected as the General Secretary of PAUN and which will help her to make the people of Balochistan and Pakistan realize their power and use their abilities in every walk of life. She strongly believes that our continuous efforts can contribute to peace building process and youth and women empowerment in society in more effective manner.
Hameeda Noor is qualified Professional Social Worker committed to making enable people to live and lead towards healthy lifestyles. Hameeda is Postgraduate (Political Science) from University of Balochistan Quetta, active member of human rights groups and clusters in Balochistan, majority of her work experiences are on Girls Education Promotion and Development; related to Women’s Rights and Empowerment in the region where women are very destitute and kept behind due to very strong tribal believes. Her work is recognized by various organizations including government departments by running campaigns for identifying closed schools which were occupied by tribal chiefs and landlords, her campaigns brought many positive developments by opening closed schools and enrolling kids in schools, which’s parents refused to enroll their girls in schools before. Did efforts to motivate politicians play their vital role to promote girls quality education.
Hameeda Noor got opportunities to work all over Balochistan and few districts of Sindh province as well, she is leading the self-initiated, women-led organization SHADE; which aims to enhance girls education, empower women and marginalized communities.
Farheen, a human rights activist, graduated in Media Sciences from SZABIST with a major in Production and dreams to bring a positive change in the society through her documentaries and short films. She holds several awards and international nominations for her documentary based on Afghan refugees through which she portrayed the devastated plight of the Afghans struggling for survival. Farheen recently got fame in Balochistan for breaking the stereotype and working as a production manager in a production house. She is striving to empower women through her documentaries and recently worked on a music video which was dedicated to the women in Pakistan forces named as “Watan ki Beti”. Farheen holds a long list of documentaries that she has helped produced. She claims that her energy, struggle and efforts will never be in vain and she will be the voice of every suppressed women of her society.
Atiqa Shahid has done M.Phil. in Gender and Development Studies. She believes in Gender equality, promoting justice, peace and human rights, this is her passion, life and career. Atiqa started her career as a volunteer working with different national level organizations working. She has worked with ASR Resource Centre (a feminist organization), Institute for Peace and Secular Studies (IPSS) and currently working with Bonded Labor Liberation Front Societies in KPK, Baluchistan and Sindh. She is currently serving as the National Project Coordinator of Bonded Labor Liberation Front Societies, working in far-flung areas of KPK, Baluchistan and Sindh to abolish slavery through education. Her broad area of work focuses on the women and children rights. Moreover, Atiqa is the chairperson of a female network named as WAS; Women Against Slavery of BLLFS in KPK, Baluchistan and Sindh. This network has a very strong connection with women around the Pakistan; this network meets at local, provincial and national level. Ms. Shahid also writes on social issues in youth led magazines. She has represented Pakistan in different international programs on leadership, civic education and India –Pakistan peace dialogue.
Sehyr Mirza is a journalist and activist based in Lahore. Her areas of expertise include art and literature, human rights, socio-political issues and India Pakistan peace. Her work has appeared in media outlets such as DAWN, The News International, Viewpoint and Outlook India. She has done journalistic work in USA and India and has to her credit interviews of distinguished progressive writers, thought leaders and intellectuals including Dr Rajmohan Gandhi, William Dalrymple, Shabana Azmi, Shobha De, Vishal Bhardwaj, Gulzar etc Sehyr is the co-founder of Society for Advancement of Makers, Arts and Justice (SAMAAJ), a non-profit organization that works in various traditional and contemporary mediums of arts and communications on projects concerning issues such as conflict, justice, labour, gender and interfaith harmony. As part of the non- profit South Asian Writers and Artists Network (SAWAN), she has participated in organizing literary seminars and events celebrating the work of artists and writers in promoting peace and harmony by harnessing the positive energies of expressive arts. Through these organizations, Sehyr is participating in the mainstream process of peace at the people-to-people level. She is an Indo-Pak peace activist and is part of the Aman Ki Asha social media team. She is also a trained Indian classical musician and has performed at several music events including the most prestigious All Pakistan Music Conference.
Dr. Alina Akhyar
Dr. Alina Akhyar as a public health expert has accumulated vital professional experience in different thematic areas, specializing in Health System Strengthening (HSS), EPI interventions, Maternal and Child Healthcare (MnCH), Family Planning & RH in program development and project operations, management and coordination, technical advisory including strategy aspects, training and service delivery. Whereby she has a verifiable record in delivering results and ensuring consistency with diligence in every capacity she has been involved in. Over the course of her career, she has been immersed in team management and coordination displaying expertise in cultivating key collaborative partnerships, negotiating, networking and advocating with stakeholders, governments and UN agencies involved in both humanitarian and development areas ensuring results based program development and management with strategic communication planning. Most important of all having spent most of her life getting an education, becoming a doctor & public health expert but nothing has been as big of an achievement as making an organization “Ronaq-e-Qainaat” from scratch. Although Ronaq-e-Qainaat has taken up many projects (nationally & internationally) in the past 9 years, but the gist of each of the projects has always been to help the less fortunate.
Feroza Batool is doing PhD in Gender Studies. She believes in equality of all human beings and promoting peace access of marginalized to better social services this is her passion. She has taught in Govt. Fatima Jinnah College for Women Chunna Mandi- Lhr, ASR Resource Centre / Institute of Women, Seeds of Peace and currently working with SPO. Feroza is currently serving as Program Officer and implementing “Voice and Accountability” program in one hundred villages of a deprived district Khushab (Punjab). Under this program she has formulated 113 forums at local level to raise voices of marginalized communities and developing their linkages with district government and political representatives to resolve their raised issues and encouraging women to stand up for their rights and basic needs. She is also teaching as visiting faculty in gender and development studies department, LCWU. Her broad area of work focuses on the rights of women and marginalized communities. Moreover, Feroza is member of WAF and Mumkin Alliance, these both forums are struggling for women rights.
Ms. Batool represented Pakistan in Global Youth Peace Fest – 2015 in India and also part of aghaz-e dosti, an initiative for Indo-Pak friendship.
Being interested in low-politics issues e.g. Human Rights, Health, Education and Environment etc, after having my master’s degree in International Relations with exceptional CGPA from the Islamia University of Bahawalpur, Sehar started her career in an Non-Governmental Organization (Awaz-CDS) for the project of Supporting Transparency Accountability and Electoral Processes in Pakistan (STAEP) of Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). As a constituency coordinator Sehar motivated several women to work as active election observers, and to work for their own rights to raise their voice as active members of society and to be involved in the political processes by observing, monitoring and reporting their issues to the right authorities and their public representatives. Sehar has also trained more than 300 observes among them 50% were women in the district Bahawalpur, to monitor General Elections of May, 2013. In collaboration with different public institutions worked for the rights of Lady Health Workers (LHWs) and provision of basic necessities at Girls Education Facilities. With Befare Organization evaluated effects of USAID’s training program on the participation of Women to earn their livelihood. On Chinese Government Scholarship Sehar is currently working on my Research project. By, Higher Education Commission of Pakistan selected on Punjab quota, for the fully funded PhD in Bilkent University Turkey.
Aliena Ali Shah
Aleina Ali Shah is a doctor from Chitral, dedicated to social and economic development for women. She has been working in the social sector for the last 10 years, starting as a volunteer at the Youth Affairs department KPK, and later on joining National Youth Assembly as Youth Minister – Women and Social Welfare. She was the first girl from Chitral to document a policy on Women Empowerment, which was presented to the KP Government back then. Using her interpersonal and public relations skills, she along with her team, launched Peshawar Youth Organization (PYO), which works for the betterment of the youth of the city and province. She also served as the first female President of PYO. Currently, she is working as the Assistant Country Director for Peshawar School for Peace. PSP, is a project of Peshawar Youth Organization in collaboration with Australian youth, started with an objective of providing students with a recognized leader in education sector to meet their educational needs and to promote interfaith harmony in a society, thereby entering KPK into the new era of mutual understanding through the exchange of cultural events. Aleina Ali, intends to give her all out efforts to all such initiatives which are proved to bring positivity to the lives of our youth, especially women and children as she firmly believes, an educated Pakistan to be the solution of present problems and miseries.
Saeeda khan, a young activist from the most conflict effected region of Pakistan, Khyber Pukhtonkhwa, holds M.Phil. degree in Development Studies. Saeeda has been involved in social activities from the very young, as she has received the International award for young people by Duke of Edinburgh at the age of 15 years. She specializes in promoting peace and nonviolence through providing free trainings to the young people of her society. Saeeda pleads for the human rights and raises her voice against the war against female education, gender discrimination and attack on schools in Pakistan. She has worked in the region of Swat for promotion of women participation in peace building and now a days working with the school children of district Charssada, KPK for the formation of inter schools Peace council.
Presently Miss Khan is the member of an executive board of a non-profit organization (HEDO) active in KPK, Pakistan. Along with it Saeeda remained IDRC Research fellow during 2012-14 and currently serving as a lecturer at Institute of Development Studies, University of Agriculture Peshawar.
Amna Durrani is associated as Coordination Officer with the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Provincial Commission on the Status of Women in Peshawar. She is a peace and human rights activist. Her key area of focus is gender sensitive governance through advocating and lobbying for pro-women policies and legislative reforms for a more peaceful and progressive Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. From a young age, she aspired to become a civil servant in spite of many major obstacles and life events. After completing her bachelor’s degree in political science and law from Frontier College for Women, she worked as a teacher and later joined a local organization working on community schools. She later moved to Islamabad to work with Sustainable Peace and Development Organization (SPADO) where she coordinated a United States Institute of Peace (USIP) supported civil society peace building initiative titled ‘Pakistan Afghanistan Dialogue Initiative. She is Asia Foundation Development Fellow for the year 2015. She is an active part of volunteer and civil society movements in her province and blogs about peace and development issues at http://5-2midnight.blogspot.com.
Fozia Naz is from Swabi District of Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa, currently conducting her PhD research in “Folktales of Khyber Pkahtonkhwa: A Case Study of Swabi”. Her area of interest includes Archaeology, Role and Status of Women in Pashtoon society, dying culture and traditions of her region. She has organized various seminars, talks and international conferences on Archaeology and Cultural Heritage of Pakistan; she has also participated in various seasons of excavation at Taxila. And also has presented various research papers on her area of interest in different international forum. Along with these academic activities she is also a very active social member of her society, who is working for the uplift of the needy, deprived and deserving students to attend the higher pursuits of education.
Mahira Ahmed Miyanji, a social figure who is making her contribution to empower girls by providing free education. A dream to eliminate deprivation of getting education amongst non-going school girls has come true through initiative, Woman Is A Nation Welfare Organization (WIN), founded in October 2013 in Lyari.
Mahira is one of those encouraging girls who don’t undermine her potentials; nevertheless she belongs to a lower-class family. Her father is a labor and mother used to sell toys. In labyrinth of poverty Mahira made efforts to settle her future, by realizing her worth from childhood. She started teaching when she was in class 7th and still has been teaching for the last 10 years.
The organization that she runs and presides has a network of 2500 girl members. The most recently WIN’s team is engaged educating 70 girls in the afternoon. The organization is attracting a large number of students from various areas.
She has always been an inspiration for girls. Her untimely and untiring efforts bestowed her with great regards and admiration among community youth and stakeholders. Moreover on behalf of her initiative she has been awarded as “Lyari Youth Icon” and “Karachi Youth Icon” by different organizations.
Despite sarcasm from different people that her organization (WIN) faced in its early days, yet she stood bold and continued to work for the advocacy and welfare of her people.
Zanobia Ilyas started off her career in electronic media in 2005 as a management trainee and hasn’t looked back ever since. She spent seven years in CNBC Pakistan and has produced over 1500 Live broadcasts on current affairs, several successful fundraising LIVE telethons for charity, filmed over a dozen documentaries about social issues including the role and contribution of women folk and minorities in our country and society, philanthropic activities all across Pakistan that are recognized even in other countries. She is also focusing on her series of short films and is authoring a collection of her sci-fi short stories in both English and Urdu.
She is currently working in the Karachi Bureau of Channel 24 as the Coordination Producer for the Prime
Time current affairs talk show “Mujahid Live” hosted by the veteran journalist, anchor Mujahid Barelvi.
For Zanobia, every day is a new beginning and a constant reminder that she has to work twice as hard and diligently to overcome the gender bias in the ever evolving media industry of Pakistan. She is passionate about engaging and empowering young women esp. students from humble backgrounds to become an active part of print and electronic media through hard work and commitment.
Tahira is a principal of Dream Model Street School, an International Award Winning school and a flagship programme of Dream Foundation Trust (http://www.dreamfoundationtrust. org).
As a principal, she interacts closely with the communities directly and through Dream Model Street School. She interacts with teachers for their teaching skills development, material development, resource mobilisation, and conduct trainings for the enrichment in curriculum. She helps teachers create their own classroom curriculum apart from books.
Tahira Bachal also leads small group of young girls helping them find out home grown solution, considering that they operate in a low resource setting. Every element is put to good use.
She is co founding member of Dream Foundation Trust and has been involved with the organization since day one as a volunteer and has played a major role in shaping up the organization and its team. She has also represented the organization in various youth forums within and outside country. She is a senior member of the RAHNUMA National Youth Network and most recently she became part of Activista Global Change program of ActionAid and South Asia Regional Youth Network of IPPF.
Mina Kidwai is a social policy enthusiast and aspires to work towards human development in Pakistan. After securing Bachelors in Media Sciences from SZABIST, she pursued her career ambitions by a postgraduate degree in Global and International Social Policy from the University of Sheffield. Her dissertation is an approx. 20,000 word documentary analysis on the rationale behind Poverty Reduction Strategies in Pakistan. While being an international postgraduate ambassador of the university, she also served as the communication manager and was awarded the Student Employee of the Year awards 2015, at both institutional and regional level, UK.
With a flair for public speaking and strong interpersonal communication skills, Mina was the only Pakistani to have secured 100% scholarship for the Rome MUN, and has bagged a total of 18 national and international awards for various Model UN Conferences across the world.
For over two years, she had conducted motivational training and critical thinking sessions for a mother child training program by the Orange Tree Foundation. She firmly believes that education enables social integrity, well being and human dignity.
Mina is currently Associate Marketing at Aga Khan University Examination Board and wishes to contribute her skills in the education sector of the country.
Fatima Lodhi is an internationally known “Anti-colorism & Diversity Advocate”, also the first Pakistani and the youngest Asian who has taken a bold stand and has challenged the unrealistic standards of Beauty that have been set by the society and propagated by the media. She is one of the leading promoters of diversity and believes in respecting the differences. As Pakistan’s first anti-colorism advocate and founder of “Dark is Divine”, the first anti-colorism campaign from Pakistan, this iron lady has been boldly championing the “Dark” color and has also been to different places with the message of “Celebrating Diversity”.
Also seen as a leader for women’s empowerment, Fatima Lodhi was awarded with the “Woman of Excellence” award in 2014 for her efforts and work in securing the basic social rights of women with disabilities and also those without disabilities.
In her efforts towards an inclusive an accommodating society, where respect for all is a must, she was awarded with a “Young Rising Woman leader” award in 2015 and she has been awarded with the Paul Harris Fellowship by the Rotary International Foundation.
She has been campaigning relentlessly against “Colorism” and the “Perfect Body Image” concept and is playing her part as an active player trying to bolster up the declining women on the very grass roots of her country, as well as globally.
Haneen joined Global Zero in October 2013 as regional ambassador for Islamabad, and started working as a South Asia field organizer in February 2015. She is the face of the movement in Pakistan organizing activist recruitment, trainings, and campaign actions across the country. Haneen is a graduate student of public administration at the National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST) Islamabad. She believes strongly that if we are to leave a habitable and living Earth for future generations, if we are to survive and thrive as people, we must look beyond nationality, race and religion and start thinking as a single community. In addition to her work at Global Zero, she is also the founder of the Progressive Youth Alliance, a student organization in Pakistan campaigning for the rights of marginalized communities, climatechange and environmental protection, and international nuclear disarmament.
Nida Fatima Zaidi
Nida Fatima Zaidi is a media professional with demonstrated experience in Television direction and production for ten years. She has worked at Pakistan Television and established her skills in documentary, music and drama. Her talent in directing documentary & docu-drama has been acclaimed by National Television in Pakistan with four nominations as Best Producer for the years 2006-2010 and the Awards for Best Producer for the years 2007-2008. In 2012, her short film New Way to Peace a story of a nine year old Indian child received Exemplary Contribution Award for Peace Promotion, by Jang Group & Nutshell Forum. Her documentary BeySamar based on economic empowerment of women received ILO Award, by the Govt. of Canada in 2014.
Zaidi, a social justice activist at heart, strives for bringing about social change through media and believes in using TV and film as tools for sensitizing audience and generating harmony among different strata of society. Her films use powerful technique of storytelling on humanistic themes: children issues, labor rights and peace. Her commitment to raising voice for women also acknowledged her as a women rights vocalist. Her academic background is a Masters in Psychology and a Masters in Communication.
Henna Atta Baloch
Henna Atta is an ardent Human Rights Activist, passionate entrepreneur and zealous Fashion Designer is currently based in Islamabad. She has been an active supporter of freedom of speech and right to (peaceful) protest. Apart from her participation in campaign against Baloch missing persons and anti-shia-genocide activism, Henna initiated, as well as actively participated in various relief works for earthquake victims in Awaran, Balochistan and Afghan refugees in Tirah Valley. She has also campaigned against violence against minorities in Pakistan.
With her honors degree in Fashion Design from Pakistan institute of Fashion Design, Lahore, she has been working as a designer/consultant with various organizations since 2011 in development sector including Sungi, SABAH Islamabad and Council for Community Development, Balochistan. She has been working with home-based rural women artisans and entrepreneurs helping them improve their small businesses. As a consultant she has been responsible for training/workshops with indigenous artisans for design aesthetics and capacity building. Henna has helped local/home-based artisans exhibit their craft locally. She has also taught Fashion Illustration and History of Costume as visiting faculty at National Textile Institute of Islamabad.
Nadia Masood is a Development studies graduate from Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, UK. She has an extensive experience of working in the international as well as public sector organizations in Pakistan. Her areas of expertise include International relations, Conflict studies, Gender and Education. Started her career as a researcher in public sector she worked in different fields like Education, Women Empowerment and Knowledge Management and represented Pakistan internationally often. As a Trainer, she has also conducted sessions on entrepreneurship, career counseling and soft skills in different universities of Islamabad. Presently she is working in Ministry of Planning, Development and Reform, Govt of Pakistan, Islamabad.
Syeda Natasha Anwar, a graduate from International Islamic University Islamabad is the first female from her family who got professional education. Currently doing working with “Engineers without Borders Denmark in Disaster”. Being an active youth Activist, she has worked with Youth from last 5 years started from Lower Dir, when talibanization hit the region. Natasha initially started conducting skill building training from different international organization with marginalized community (youth) in conflicted areas where almost youth were destroyed. Latter on she become a facilitator for the training nationwide.
The journey of Natasha’s activism got boast when Nastasha became a member of Youth parliament of Pakistan and later joined an International Human Rights Organization as a Volunteer for Disability Rights in Lower Dir for almost one and half years. In 2012 she joined Channan Development Association to promote youth Rights in Malakand Division and currently serving as a board member for Chanan Development Association.
Natasha is a Legislative fellow by World Learning and Department of State USA. was also with activist who raised voice for women participation and in local body elections when political parties banned women voting in 2013. She is a board Member of ABKT (Association for behavioural knowledge transformation) and Board Member of OYN (Optimistic Youth Network).
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Maria Iqbal Tarana
Maria is from Muzaffarabad, the capital city of Azad Jammu & Kashmir that borders near the LOC (Line of Control) with India. After successfully completing her degree in Marketing from the United Kingdom in 2009, she came back to Pakistan and started work with Kashmir Institute of International Relations where she represented the State of Kashmir at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva Switzerland. A social activist by heart and recently established a nonprofit organization ‘Aam Taleem’, supporting children in poverty stricken areas in AJK. Recognizing the importance of education in her disregarded region, she also provides free uniforms, books and other basic start-up packs. Politics and International Relations have always captivated Maria. Being closely connected to Pakistan People’s Party, has been fascinated by the way in which the conflict in Indian Occupied Kashmir has no portrayal in the international arena and over time, political participation has deteriorated due to society simply losing interest. Therefore it is has become her desire to examine society closely and calculate why participation of the mass has crumbled. She is a dedicated and ambitious young lady who projects a clear and logical mind with a practical approach.
Maria Jabeen from Gilgit-Baltistan is a social activist by heart and a multi-skilled project management professional who deeply believes in the diversity as strength of a society for significant development in true sense.
During her Bachelor’s degree from GCU Lahore, her passion for voluntary work and activism got her to be a Global Xchange Alumni in 2009-a six month voluntary exchange program by VSO and British Council which gave her an opportunity to serve underprivileged in Pakistan, UK and Kenya. After which she worked as steering committee member in the British council’s “Ilmpossible campaign”. Being Deputy General Manager she led multiple projects of capacity building and emergency response activities in various parts of t Pakistan. Her aspirations are to work on youth and social policies to streamline eloquent engagement of youth in Gilgit-Baltistan.
She utilizes her leisure time by connecting and mentoring youth with various practical platforms through social media and sports engagement. She has ventured herself into professional photography and paragliding along with other outdoor sports.
Jublee Bano belongs to mountainous area, District Hunza Nagar, Gilgit Baltistan. She has done MSC economics and currently doing MPHIL in international Development Studies. She has completed two months short course in Gender inclusion in Water Resource Management from University of Queensland under Australian Pakistan Awards Scholarship in 2014. Jublee has been working in various capacities including social entrepreneurship, child protection, democratic governance, livelihood and communication expert. She has successfully executed a project “Social entrepreneurship”, in which marginalized women from slum areas were identified and enhanced their skills in marble mosaic work, formation of women business associations and linked them with market. This project got high appreciation and achieved multiple positive results like women empowerment and waste management. She also worked as communication expert in World Bank funded nationwide poverty targeting survey in 2010. Jublee is currently working in civil society organization “Trust for democratic Governance in Pakistan”,
which is working for democratic governance through electoral reforms. She aims\to contribute in constitutional rights of Gilgit Baltistan and engage voluntarily with different civil society organizations.