Punjab

Atiqa Shahid

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

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

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.

Sehar Sabir

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.