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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
Ms. Ayesha Khan
Senior Researcher, Collective for Social Science Research Ayesha Khan is a Director at the Collective for Social Science Research in Karachi. Her work focusses on women, policy issues, health, poverty, and development. Ms. Khan holds a Masters degree in South Asian Studies from School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), UK. She has been part of the Collective as a Senior Researcher since 2001 covering a range of issues, in particular gender and development, social policy and conflict/refugee issues in the region. She has extensive experience in qualitative research design. Ayesha worked as a journalist in international radio, local television, newspapers and magazines from 1990-96. More recently, she researched the effects of paid work on women’s empowerment in Pakistan as part of a multi-country UK government-funded study on Pathways to Women’s Empowerment, and led a study on induced abortions in Pakistan. She has also worked on mapping and assessment of child protection services and policies in the country.
Ms. Hina Usmani
Managing Partner, Usmani and Co Chartered Accountants Ms. Hina Usmani is the Managing Partner of the first women-led accountancy practice in Pakistan with only women partners, which is approved as a Training Organisation by ICAP. The firm provides accounting, assurance and tax services to small and medium enterprises with special focus on provision of services to women entrepreneurs.
Ms. Insha Hamdani
Public Health Consultant & Human Rights Activist Ms. InshaHamdani has more than fifteen years’ experience in the social sector. Previously, she was associated with the Marie Stopes Society (MSS)- a subsidiary of Marie Stopes International, UK, as enior General Manager, Communications and New Business Development. In addition to being responsible for all MSS internal and corporate communications, Ms. Hamdani mobilized resources for long term programmatic and financial sustainability of MSS’s service delivery network. She holds a Masters’ degree in Literature.
Ms. Kamyla Marvi
Public Health Professional Trainer, Women’s Rights Activist Kamyla has more than 20 years’ experience with sexual and reproductive health and rights, and leadership and development sectors. She is committed to institutional strengthening and organizational effectiveness initiatives within the social sector.
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
Executive DirectorvMs. 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
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
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.
Mr. Mazher Zaheer
Mazher Zaheer is working at Shirkat Gah as Director Operations. Previously, Mr. Zaheer worked as Head of Finance and Administration at Heinrich Böll Stiftung (HBS) Pakistan. He has over twenty five years of work experience with expertise in financial management, operations, administration, monitoring and evaluation as well as organizational management. During his work with HBS, he advised various national, regional project partners and international offices of HBS in Asia on financial matters and implementation guidelines of German Ministry of Development Cooperation BMZ, German Federal Foreign Office AA etc. Prior to his affiliation with HBS Pakistan, he worked with Amnesty International, Sumitomo Corporation and DAWN Newspapers. Mazher holds an MBA degree (Finance & Accounting) from Preston University, Lahore.
Ms. Sarah Zaman
Director, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Sarah Zaman is a development professional and human rights activist with diverse experience in women’s right programming, research and training. At present, she is looking after Shirkat Gah’s Bodily Rights portfolio, which focuses on SRHR, violence against women & girls, and personal status rights & laws. Over the years, Sarah has authored and co-authored various researches and papers on the issue of sexual & gender-based violence, structural and substantive discrimination against women and institutional violence against women.