Nigar Ahmad – Pakistan

Linked with the AURAT FOUNDATION.

She is one of the 1000 women proposed for the Nobel Peace Price 2005.

An academic and a social activist, she was a brilliant student who came top of her Masters of economics year in Punjab University and went on to study economics at Cambridge University. She was also a Commonwealth Scholar. While pursuing a career in academia she taught economics for 16 years at the faculty of the Quaid-e-Azam University in Islamabad and was drawn into the struggle of Pakistani women against the anti-women policies of the military dictatorship headed by Zia-ul-Haq. She was a member of the Women’s Action Forum for two years (1983–1985) , the pioneering women’s organization that was formed to protest these political developments … (1000peacewomen 1/2).

Under Nigar’s leadership, the Aurat Foundation has taken up provocative issues, from mobilizing women candidates for local government elections to generating debate on intellectual property rights.

She is named on Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, DEPARTMENT OF ISLAMIC STUDIES.

She is a nominee from Pakistan of the Global Sisterhood-Network.

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Nigar Ahmad works for the Aurat Foundation: Aurat Foundation is a women’s rights organization based in Islamabad, Pakistan. Aurat Foundation does active lobbying, advocacy on behalf of women. it holds demonstrations and public-awareness campaigns. (wikipedia).

NGOs demand action against rapists: Representatives of NGOs including Ms Katherine of AMEN Society, Bina Qureshi of Hum Log, Nigar Ahmed Aurat Foundation, Farida Shaheed Shirkat Gah, AGHS Shah Taj Qazilbash, Samina Rehman Women Action Forum, Nighat Saeed Asr Resource Centre and Neelum Hussain of C Murgh termed the act ‘the worst of its kind,’ ‘its culprits must not be spared.’ First, they stated, the accused spoiled the honour of the girl and then ruined her life by distorting her face through acid … (full text, Sept. 11, 2008).

1000peacewomen 2/2: Nigar Ahmad (born in 1945) has worked tirelessly for nearly 20 years for the political, social, and economic empowerment of Pakistani women, as executive director of the Aurat Publication and Information Service Foundation. Under her stewardship, the Aurat (woman) Foundation has taken up a range of “provocative” causes, from mobilizing women candidates for local government elections to generating debate across the country about the World Trade Organization and the controversial issue of intellectual property rights …

… Since 1986, Nigar, who now lives in Lahore, has been associated with Aurat, a civil society organization which works for women’s empowerment in tandem with a countrywide of citizens’ groups and civil activists.

Over the past decade, Nigar has been politically educating activists, especially women, to help them participate more effectively in decision-making processes. Her work has helped to put women on the electoral agenda during the 1993 and 1997 general elections. She is responsible for organizing networks of citizens’ action committees in 70 districts to provide support to women.

Nigar has also been a powerful force in educating peasant women and raising awareness of their contribution to the workforce in Pakistan. She has researched the work of women in the informal sector, and organized national conferences for peasant women, as well as radio programmes to educate them on health and agricultural issues. She campaigned for the need to generate correct information on women’s work during the fifth National Census in 1998. She presented a case study on a pilot programme for credit for rural women in Pakistan. Furthermore, she has taken up the issue of tenant-landlord struggles.

A respected researcher, Nigar has extensively investigated the situation of grassroots women in Pakistan. She was a consultant to the UNDP in 1991 on the gender impact of a watershed management project in Azad Kashmir. She presented a case study to the Asian Development Bank on a pilot on credit for rural women in Pakistan. She has been involved in the rural credit and gender sensitization training programme of UNDP staff as a consultant to Unifem. She was the author of a study on the socioeconomic status of women in rural Punjab for the Ministry of Women’s Development in her country. In the early 1980s, Nigar worked as a coordinator for Pakistan of the UN University Project on grassroots experiments and people’s movements. She has researched tenant-landlord struggles in Pakistan and co-authored a study on the life of rural women in Punjab.

Nigar has also contributed to shaping policy debates on women’s empowerment through her close involvement with bodies such as the National Commission on the Status of Women, and the South Asian Partnership. She was a co-author of the report on Women’s Development Programmes for Pakistan’s Eighth Five Year Plan, and played a similar role with respect to the Sixth Five Year Plan.  (1000peacewomen 2/2).

links:

Council of Social Sciences COSS, Pakistan;

The Google-book: Women in Development, Pakistan, 1989, 82 pages;

Women’s organizations of Pakistan, on wikipedia;

Citizens’ Campaign for Women’s Representation, CCWR;

Gender Justice;

Tajdeed-e-Lahore (Restoration of Lahore);

Attempt to exploit religion for political gain: Extracts from the text of the 15th Constitutional Amendment Bill, 1998, DOSSIER 22, November 1999;

The Nigar Awards, 1957 – 1971;

The Pak’ Tribune’s Discussion Forum;

RETA 6008: GENDER AND GOVERNANCE ISSUES IN LOCAL GOVERNMENT, A GENDER REVIEW OF THE LEGAL FRAMEWORK FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENT IN NWFP, PAKISTAN, 25 pdf-pages.

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