In Pakistan, girls and women continue to be locked out of a patriarchal and political system that fails to values their existence and nurture their human rights, talents and potential.
The Global Gender Gap Index Report of the World Economic Forum has seen Pakistan ranked at the bottom of 136 countries around the world.
Pakistan remains a country with high levels of violence and political violence against public figures such as politicians, writers, journalists, musicians and performers, targeted by extremists. Women who enter the public sphere are targeted by virtue of being a woman. Women and girls face violence in their homes and outside their homes. So called ‘honour’ killings, rape, acid attacks, street sexual harassment and online harassment impact Pakistani women and girls regardless of their class or social status.
WAH, was founded by Aisha Sarwari and Shaista Aziz , two friends and freelance journalists working on women’s rights and gender issues in Pakistan.
Aisha and Shaista are Senior Communications specialists, having worked for a number of international organisations. Between them they have traveled and worked across Pakistan including Balochistan, Fata, Peshawar, Kashmir and Sindh. Collectively they bring more than 25 years of experience of working on these issues in relation to Pakistan.
What we do:
WAH aims to build an advocacy hub that will not only further promote the work of grassroots Pakistani women’s groups but will also work with women to develop advocacy tools and media and advocacy campaigns.
WAH understands that Pakistani women’s class and economic status is one of the key factors that perpetuates violence against women in Pakistan. We aim to work in an inclusive manner -and to ensure that our advocacy work fully embraces these realities.
WAH believes in pulling women up.
WAH believes in passing the mic on and working collaboratively with women to ensure our voices are heard.
WAH will work with policy makers and law makers to push these advocacy messages.