COLLECTIVE MEMBERS

Our collective members are seasoned feminist activists who promote a society where women are fully empowered and gender equality and human security are ensured for all. They adopt a three-pronged approach to achieve their vision by building the capacity of women as rights claimants and decision makers, advocating and mobilizing positive changes in policies and holding the state accountable for developing a culture of peace.

Dabeera Azra Yaqub

Dabeera Azra Yaqub

"Working as a Management Consultant, Azra engages in various sectors of the economy on business development, innovation, financial inclusion, capacity building, fiduciary due diligence & risk management. Azra spent her early years in architecture and actuarial sciences in the UK and the US. Since 2000, she has been in the banking sector and spear headed key positions in various banks in Pakistan including the national implementation of Basel II at the State Bank of Pakistan. "

Mariam Ali Baig

Mariam Ali Baig

Ms.Aisha Gazdar

Ms.Aisha Gazdar

"The managing director of Films d’Art, Aisha works in the field of media with a specialization in documentaries. She serves on the board of the South Asia Women’s Fund. Since 1996, she has worked as a writer and a researcher in the field of women’s development and journalism; produced numerous films on human rights and social issues, including The Last Day: A True Story of a Hibakusha, Another World is Possible and Silent Voices: Women home-based workers in Pakistan, which won an award at the Canadian Labour International Film Festival in 2010. She holds Master degrees in Human Rights and International Relations."

Ms. Zohra Yousuf

Ms. Zohra Yousuf

Chairperson, Human Rights Commission of Pakistan
Executive Creative Director, Spectrum Y&R Communication (Pvt) Ltd.

Ms. Zohra Yusuf is currently the Chairperson of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan. She is also a board member of the Paris-based International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and a bureau member of South Asians for Human Rights. She has spent over three decades in the advertising industry.

Ms. Nausheen Ahmed

Ms. Nausheen Ahmed

Company Secretary and Head, Legal Department, Habib Bank Limited

Ms. Nausheen Ahmad is a barrister with over 25 years of experience. She is currently heading the legal department of Habib Bank Limited, the largest private sector bank in Pakistan. Ms. Ahmed has also worked extensively in the area of gender rights and laws pertaining to women.

 Ms. Tehmina Ahmed

Ms. Tehmina Ahmed

Senior Editor, Newsline&Head, Newsline Films

Ms. Tehmina Ahmed is a writer, editor, photographer and documentary filmmaker. She is a founding editor of Newsline magazine and presently, she heads Newsline Films as an Executive Producer as well.

 Ms. Amar Sindhu

Ms. Amar Sindhu

Chairperson, Department of Philosophy University of Sindh, Jamshoro Ms. Amar Sindhu is the chairperson of the Department of Philosophy at Sindh University, Jamshoro. She is a socialist and an active member of Women’s Action Forum. Ms. Sindhu frequently comments on issues of women’s social and political rights and has written frequently about them.

Ms. Zeenat Hisam

Ms. Zeenat Hisam

Senior Research Association, Pakistan Institute of Labour Education and Research (PILER)

Ms. Zeenat Hisam is a writer and researcher associated with Pakistan Institute of Labour Education and Research (PILER), Karachi, since 2003. Prior to joining the development sector, MsHisam worked with Daily Dawn from 1980 to 1991. She has written extensively for the media on social issues and authored several research reports, especially on labour issues. Her published works also include two books and a collection of translation, of fiction of several international literary luminaries. She wrote a weekly column (Diary of a Feminist) on women’s issues in daily Star, English-language evening newspaper (1981-82) for two years and edited the bi-monthly wall newspaper on environment and sustainable development “HamaraMahol” for Shirkat Gah (1993-94). She has a Master’s degree in Development Studies specializing in Women and Development from the Institute of Social Studies, the Hague, the Netherlands (1987-88). She also holds a Master’s degree in Psychology from the University of Karachi.

Ms. Rahila Narejo

Ms. Rahila Narejo

CEO, Narejo Human Resource (PVT) Ltd

Ms. Rahila Narejo is a psycho-biologist by education but has built an exceptional career in Human Resource Management and Training. She is currently an independent consultant and Chief-Executive Officer of Narejo Human Resource (PVT) Ltd. Ms. Narejo also writes the extremely popular “Workplace Sanity” column for Dawn newspaper on Sundays.

Ms. Zeenia Shaukat

Ms. Zeenia Shaukat

Pakistan Institute of Labour Education and Research (PILER)

Ms. ZeeniaShaukat works for the promotion of labour rights, democracy and political empowerment. She is a researcher and has written extensively about these issues in leading national dailies of Pakistan. She is presently associated with the Pakistan Institute of Labour Education and Research (PILER). Ms. Shaukat is the editor of “Development Log” published by PILER.

Ms. Samer Zuberi

Ms. Samer Zuberi

Research Associate, Collective for Social Science Research

Ms. Samar Zuberi is a Research Associate at the Collective for Social Science Research and has previous experience conducting research on social policy issues. She has also worked in the corporate consulting sector. Samar is currently part of an UKAid supported research programme, Leveraging Agriculture for Nutrition in South Asia (LANSA). Samar has an MSc in Development Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS).

Ms. Huma Fouladi

Ms. Huma Fouladi

Human Rights Activist and Executive Director, Rights Research & Development Foundation

Ms. HumaFouladi is a member of Women’s Regional Network A network of civil society leaders working together to strengthen women's rights and security. member of un-women civil society advisory group. Currently I am also working as an independent researcher ,one paper will be published in a couple of months,few under process , better not to mention researcher element at this level.

Ms. Asma Zia

Ms. Asma Zia

Educationist, Women’s Rights Activist

Ms. Asma Zia has been associated with teaching and education for more than two decades. Currently she is working as Headmistress, Beaconhouse Liberty (Senior Section). She is a prolific women’s rights activist and has been associated with Shirkat Gah since 1987.

Ms. Rukhsana Rashid

Ms. Rukhsana Rashid

Development Consultant

Ms. Rukhsana Rashid has over 25 years of experience in the fields of development, public administration, management, organizational development, human resource development, training and capacity building, and monitoring and evaluation.
She holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from The American University, Washington DC, USA and a Bachelor’s degree from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS).

 Ms. Sara Malkani

Ms. Sara Malkani

Advocate and Associate, Kabraji&Talibuddin,

Ms. Sara Malkani is a lawyer, an advocate in the High Court of Pakistan, a member of the State Bar of California (USA) and women’s rights activist who has researched and worked extensively on women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights. She is also an independent consultant for Center for Reproductive Rights. She earned her Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan Law School, where she served as an editor of the Michigan Journal of Gender and Law.

Ms. Farah Zia

Ms. Farah Zia

Editor, The News On Sunday
Ms. Zia is a seasoned journalist and activist who has written extensively on issues of development, women’s rights, human rights, and politics.

Ms. Rubina Khilji

Ms. Rubina Khilji

Academic researcher focused on gender, Previous head of Peshawar University's Department of Gender Studies Head and programme coordinator.

Ms. Sultanat Bukhari (Popti)

Ms. Sultanat Bukhari (Popti)

Founding Member Lahore WAF & Co-Founder of Lahore Grammar School

Dr. Riffat Zaman

Dr. Riffat Zaman

Professor Department of Psychiatry AKU

BOARD OF GOVERNORS

Shirkat Gah’s Board of Governors consists of high achieving women who help shape the organizational structure and work trajectory of Shirkat Gah with their varied and vast experience.

Azra Vawda

Azra Vawda

Working as a Management Consultant, Azra engages in various sectors of the economy on business development, innovation, financial inclusion, capacity building, fiduciary due diligence & risk management. Azra spent her early years in architecture and actuarial sciences in the UK and the US. Since 2000, she has been in the banking sector and spear headed key positions in various banks in Pakistan including the national implementation of Basel II at the State Bank of Pakistan.

AISHA GAZDAR

AISHA GAZDAR

"The managing director of Films d’Art, Aisha works in the field of media with a specialization in documentaries. She serves on the board of the South Asia Women’s Fund. Since 1996, she has worked as a writer and a researcher in the field of women’s development and journalism; produced numerous films on human rights and social issues, including The Last Day: A True Story of a Hibakusha, Another World is Possible and Silent Voices: Women home-based workers in Pakistan, which won an award at the Canadian Labour International Film Festival in 2010. She holds Master degrees in Human Rights and International Relations."

Rubina Khilji

Rubina Khilji

Academic researcher focused on gender, Previous head of Peshawar University's Department of Gender Studies Head and programme coordinator.

DENEB SUMBUL

DENEB SUMBUL

"Deneb Sumbul is presently writing for and working with the Newsline Publications (Pvt.) Ltd as an editorial assistant. As a journalist, the main focus of her writings are on development, human and women’s rights, poverty, labor, environment, agriculture, and women’s issues in particular. She studied Production, Direction & TV Journalist form Asian Academy of Film and Television Noida and specializes in making documentaries, short films and stories for educational, advocacy and awareness-raising such as Kahani Aik Si for IPC-CIDA; A People's Unknown History & Selling Another Piece of Our World for SG/Heinrich Boll Foundation; Surviving Money and the Financial System for AWID Forum; The Street Children for PAVHNA and Rahat Kada for Medical Aid Foundation. Deneb also has a background as a capacity trainer having worked as a Programme Officer for PAVHNA-Pakistan Voluntary Health & Nutrition Association) and has previously worked for a multinational, Procter & Gamble Pakistan for over a decade as a CMO Manager. She is also the daughter of founding member Shirkat Gah, Najma Sadeque."

FAUZIA SHAMIM

FAUZIA SHAMIM

"Dr Fauzia Shamim is Professor and Dean, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences at Ziauddin University, Karachi, Pakistan. Earlier, she has worked as a teacher, teacher educator, researcher, and teacher leader in several higher education institutions both in Pakistan and abroad. Dr Shamim has taught EFL/ESL and trained English language teachers in a variety of settings in Pakistan and internationally. She also has vast experience in developing and teaching Applied Linguistics courses at both undergraduate and post graduate levels. Dr Shamim has presented, as invited speaker, at numerous conferences in Pakistan and several countries in Asia, Africa, Europe, Middle East and the USA. She has also published widely in peer-reviewed journals and books, and co-edited 3 books. She is on the editorial and advisory boards of both national and international journals. She is also the recipient of the best NNEST paper award (TESOL 2014) and TESOL’s leadership mentoring award (2016). Dr Shamim is a founder member and President of the Society of Pakistan English Language Teachers (SPELT). Currently, she is also the Chair of TESOL International’s Research Professional Council (USA)."

SHAMA DOSSA

SHAMA DOSSA

"Dr. Shama Dossa is a community development practitioner, researcher and academic with over fifteen years of experience working in the Asia-Pacific Region. Dr. Shama recently completed her tenure as Director Research, Evaluation and Learning with Aga Khan Foundation in Afghanistan. Prior to this she was based at ARROW (Asia Pacific Resource and Research Centre) in Malaysia where she worked on policy advocacy and research on sexual and reproductive health. She was also involved in regional and global advocacy campaigns and facilitated civil society interaction with government delegations at ESCAP and other UN processes including the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals). Dr. Shama is particularly interested in the dialectic of theory and practice in community development, and in improving the quality of research in the field of social development in the region. The courses she teaches draw on adult learning approaches; the power of performance and the visual; and are primarily designed to have a practical outcome grounded in theory. Her multidisciplinary research and teaching interests range from Participatory Action Research and Arts Informed Research to Transnational Feminism, Critical Theory, Medical Anthropology, Community Driven Social Change to Quality of Life. She has taught at Ryerson University’s, Department of Sociology; Aga Khan University’s, Department of Community Health Sciences; and Quaid-e-Azam University’s, Department of Gender Studies; and most recently the University of Central Asia’s Graduate School of Development located in Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and Tajikistan. In her spare time she continues to work with local non-profits in the region and support research initiatives focused on social justice."

ZOHRA YUSUF

ZOHRA YUSUF

"Ms. Zohra Yusuf is a former Chairperson of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP), and board member of Paris-based International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH). She was also a board member of South Asians for Human Rights (SAHR). A member of ShirkatGah since 1979, Zohra has decades of experience promoting and defending human rights and has been a member of HRCP since 1988. She is also a founder member of Women’s Action Forum. Other than her human rights work, Zohra is theChief Creative Officer, Spectrum Communications. Previously she has been Editor of The Weekend Star (a publication of the Dawn group) 1981-1985. She continues to do freelance writing on issues related to human rights & the media and has contributed chapters to several books on the media, arts & conflict resolution."

SENIOR MANAGEMENT

Shirkat Gah prizes the wealth of experience, knowledge and expertise of its senior management. Collectively, our senior management holds more than half a decade’s experience of feminist activism and theoretical and practical approach to the cause of women’s empowerment in Pakistan; regionally, nationally and globally.

Ms. Farida Shaheed

Ms. Farida Shaheed

Executive Director
vMs. Farida Shaheed has worked for more than 25 years, promoting and protecting cultural rights by fostering policies and projects designed in culturally sensitive ways to support the rights of marginalized sectors, including women, peasants, and religious and ethnic minorities. She is the recipient of several national and international human rights awards. Her writings, with a special focus on the interface of culture, gender, religion and the state, have been published extensively. She received the Prime Minister’s award for her co-authored book Two Steps Forward One Step Back? Women of Pakistan. She also received the International Award UCLG – MEXICO City – Culture 21 Award in recognition of her untiring work as a researcher and rights activist. Ms. Shaheed has also been appointed as the UN Special Rapporteur in the field of Cultural Rights.

Ms. Gulnar Tabassum

Ms. Gulnar Tabassum

Director, Leadership and Communications

Ms Gulnar Tabassum is a feminist human rights activist and a filmmaker. She has directed several nationally and internationally lauded documentary films that have been used as advocacy tools to highlight the rights of women and minorities. These films have also chronicled the struggles and the triumphs of the marginalized women and minorities of Pakistan. As Director Leadership and Communications, she has trained hundreds of women to claim their civil and constitutional rights, become self-sufficient and unite to hold fast against oppression, whether it is in domestic or social settings.

Ms. Humaira Shaikh

Ms. Humaira Shaikh

Director, Peace and Pluralism

Ms Shaikh is a feminist activist who has worked extensively on human rights issues, particularly for women and minorities in areas targeted by social and political turmoil such as Swat. She serves on the boards of several charities and charitable foundations.