“I want to steer out Pakistani young women especially in Sindh from the clutches of Injustices.”
Human Rights Defender
I am Saira Ahmed from Pakistan.I am a Social activist, writer and a development practitioner. I am working as a core team member in one of the leading and renowned organizations of Pakistan, MARVI RURAL DEVELOPMENT ORGANIZATION- MRDO. I am working in development sector from past 10 years.
Recently, I attended a course on Peace and Security organized by Daniel k. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies in Honolulu, Hawai USA. After this course at DKI APCSS, I started to initiate different key interventions in various communities of Sindh, Pakistan. I organized community discussions, meetings and focus group discussions FGD’s with different young female of different localities of Sindh mainly Khairpur, Sukkur, Jacobabad on core issues of Women Rights, Sexual Harassment, Peace & Harmony, Civic and Fundamental Rights of Constitution of Pakistan. Within these meetings, I briefed these rural women of Sindh regarding first aid, police reporting, FIR lodging, prosecution, medical examination, forensics and post-trauma rehabilitation processes. I also linked these females with different line departments like Social Welfare, Darul-Aman and Child Protection Unit for redressal. By doing this, I was given and awarded a letter of appreciation by Social Welfare Department.
One of the major achievements in 2017, I formed a women group at local level and named it as District Women Support Group. Within this group different Government Departments, Lawyers from District Bar Association’s, Police Department, Assistant general Prosecutor, Civil Society organizations and other relevant stakeholders are members. The basic essence of this group is to encourage lawyers to take pro-bono cases and consolidate a database of legal experts to help females seeking justice.
Recently, for working on Women Rights and specially focusing on “Honour Killings” I was awarded as a Women of Excellency Award on 25th December 2017 for struggling for Rights Based Approach