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Ayaz Latif Palijo (born November 15, 1969) is aSindhi & Pakistani activist, writer and teacher. He is a symbol of liberal& democratic values and of Sindhi Progressive Nationalism. Ayaz Latif wasborn in Hyderabad Sindh, to a Baloch mother, the women’s rights activist andrevolutionary artist Jeejee Zarina Baloch, and a great South Asian leftistfather, a legendary theoretician Rasool Bux Palijo. He is one of the leadingHuman Rights Lawyers of Pakistan. The people of Pakistan admire his courage andcommitment to the cause of oppressed and victimized sections of our society. Hehas done work for victims of honor killing, karo-kari, bonded labor, missingpersons, child labor, violence against women amongst others. 
Ayaz Palijo, anoutstanding Orator, a successful Lawyer, a creative Writer and a devotedTeacher, is considered as being the first person to introduce the concepts ofHuman Rights and Public Interest Litigation in rural areas of Pakistan. He isalso accredited for securing the release of more than 3500 innocent prisonersfrom different jails, bonded labour camps, illegal confinements, dar-ul-amansand police lockups. Ayaz Latif’s recent activities include launching a strongcampaign against the man-made water shortage, child abuse, forced conversion ofminority girls and terrorism. He is elected President of Awami Tahreek and theFounder and Convener of Sindh Progressive Nationalist Alliance (SPNA). 

Begum Laila Haroon Sarfaraz has taken over the responsibility as a President in the year 2005. She belongs to a very well known Haroon Family who has served the country since decades. Her parents Sir Abdullah Haroon & Lady Nusrat Haroon were one of the founders of the country who fought hard to turn their dream of a separate home land for the Muslims into a reality. Their role being a Muslim League leaders are always remembered in the history of Pakistan.
Following the foot steps of the parents, Begum Laila Haroon, her sister Late Begum Hidayatullah, her brother Late Mahmud Haroon and other family members have spent their lives in social wok and in serving the country.
Laila Haroon is an inspirational role model, a talented charismatic who continues the efforts of Begum Ra’ana Ali Khan and successfully manages programs in the field of Health, Education and Social Welfare. She has also served the organization as a Vice-President for Finance & Administration. In her private capacity she oversees various institutions with selfless interest and dedication which includes:
Board Member Sindh Rural Support Program
Board Member SIUT>
Board Member Lady Dufferin Hospital
Member Technical Assistance Study Group with the Asian Development Bank
Member Council of Social Welfare
She has attended many conferences that include:> Pune Conference “Culture Of Peace “ Health for Women & Children in Nov 2001 Second International Scientific Culture& Supportive Congress (ICWSF) in Oct 2001, Tehran. Vienna Conference 21 General Assembly UN / NGO Dynamics 21 Century. Together for Social Justice Equality and Peace in Nov 2000, Vienna Austria. Awards:Star Laurel 2003, Women of the Year 2005
Muhammad Zubair Ahmad did his B.E. (Electrical Engineering) from NED University of Engineering & Technology Karachi. He served Siemens Pakistan Engineering Co., Ltd. as Senior Executive Engineer for 6 years in the department of Field Services. In the organization; he was selected to participate in an Automation Training Course offered from Siemens France. After the successful completion of the course; he worked on various national and international power and automation projects.
During his job in Siemens; Mr. Zubair completed his M.S. (Electrical Engineering) from NED University. After completing Masters Degree he joined the field of Education. Currently he is associated with Iqra University as Associate Professor in the department of Electronic Engineering. Very recently he did MBA (Marketing) from University of Karachi. Now he is enrolled in PhD program of Iqra University.
He participated in various technical and non technical seminars and conferences as Speaker, Facilitator and Session Chair. He also works on different TV Channels as Host and Producer of various Religious and/or Social Programs and writes a regular column in Daily Pakistan.
Dr. Huma Baqai Chairperson, Department of Social Sciences at IBA Karachi, is a Ph. D in International Relations. Among other subject she teaches International Relations and sociology at the IBA and International Political Economy, Contemporary International Politics, Political Geography and Foreign Policy Analysis at Dept of IR at Karachi University. She has ten publications to her credit. A Member Academic Board and Academic Committee, IBA and Patron of Media and Publication Society, IBA, she is a Certified trainer in Communication and Presentation Skills and in Liberal Political Values from Germany.
She has anchored a weekly current affairs show “Between the Lines” at Pakistan State Tele Vision from 2007 to 2010, is a member of the Board of Directors Women Media Center, Karachi and Editorial Board Journal of Freedom, and is a celebrated International Relations Experts and Political Analyst with National and International Media. She quotes her areas of interest as Non-Traditional Sources of Conflict, International Political Economy, Liberalism, Secularism, Terrorism and Media.
Ghulam Sughra created the Marvi Rural Development Organization (MRDO), an NGO focused on creating community savings funds and raising awareness of education, health, human rights, and social development issues.
While originally focused in her home village, Ms. Sughra has expanded to the rural areas of Sindh, Punjab, and Baluchistan provinces. Born in rural Sindh Province, Ms. Sughra was forced to marry at the age of 12. Six years later, Ms. Sughra became the first woman in her village to divorce, and consequently, became a social outcast. Severely beaten by her brothers when she tried to attend school, she pursued her studies at home. She later succeeded in becoming her village’s first female high school graduate and the first teacher at the first school for girls. She is 40 and can speak english, Urdu and Sindhi languages.
Ms. Nusrat Bano Abbasi was born on January 29, 1969. She recieved her L.L.B and MA Economics degree from Shah Abdul Latif University, Khairpur, Sindh. Politically affiliated with Pakistan Muslim League (Functional), Ms. Bano is member of the Provincial Assembly of the Sindh. She is serving as a member of the Standing Committee on Education and Literacy, the Standing Committee on Industries, Commerce, Mines and
Mineral Development, the Standing Committee on Law, Parliamentary Affairs and Human Rights and the Standing Committee on Public Health Engineering, Finance Committee. She is married and has three children.
Dr. Fauzia is the Dean faculty of Social and media sciences SZABIST. She is a consultant clinical psychologist, TV Anchor and Host, and a corporate Trainer. Dr. Fauzia’s position as the dean of an important faculty, clear brings out her talents and fosters very positively the role of women empowerment in the country.
Ø M.A. Political Science and International Relations from Karachi University.
Ø LL.B from Karachi University.
Judicial Positions Held
Ø Holding a unique position of being the first woman Judge of a High Court of Pakistan.
Ø Elevated to the position of Judge, At the Sindh High Court Bench in 1994.
Ø Retired in 1999.
Ø Practicing Advocate, 1963-1994 as a Corporate lawyer
Judicial & Administrative Work Experience
Ø As a Judge, presided over Single & DB numerous cases, providing justice in the form of landmark judgments.
Ø As an advocate, deliberated on hundreds of cases on the civil side.
Ø Provided free legal advice to the needy people, through various social work organizations and convincingly got justice for them.
Ø Former Chairperson of the National Commission on the status of women, from March 2002 to March 2005.
Ø A prolific writer – Author of hundreds of Article on Legal Issues pertaining to Women & Children.
Participation at International Fora/Conferences:
Ø Attended National and International conferences since 1964 to date.
Ø Member of Common Wealth Team to monitor Elections in Tanzania in 2005.
Ø Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize in 2005.
Awards:
Ø Women of the year Award 1994-95
Ø Pakistan Golden Jubilee Celebration Award for Services in Judiciary 1997
Ø 100 Heroin Award (International) for Social Work.
Ø “Allah” Award 2003 (outstanding women)
Ø Karachi Cosmopolitan Rotary Award for outstanding for services 1992-93.
Ø PAK EXPO (NEW) outstanding performance in the field of jurisprudence 1990.
Ø Lions Club Merits Award 1991.
Ø Women Excellence Award 2006.
Ø Human Rights Society of Pakistan Award 2007 (January 2007).
Ø Women Achievers Award 2007 from I Plus (28-02-2007).
At Present:
Ø Teaching at Hamdard Law School – Karachi.
Ø Practicing at Supreme Court of Pakistan.
Ø Involved in Social Work.
Ø Addresses on National & International Issues of Particularly Human & Women Rights through print & electronic media.
Prof ( Dr) Unaiza Niaz M.D., D.P.M., F.R.C. Psych
PRESENT POSITION
· Chairperson, Section on Woman’s Mental Health, The World Psychiatric Association.
· The Director of The Psychiatric Clinic & Stress Research Center, Karachi
· Visiting Professor of University of Health Sciences ,Lahore
· President Pakistan Society for Traumatic Stress Studies
PAST POSITIONS
§ Former, Head of Department of Psychiatry, Pakistan Airlines
§ Senior Lecturer, Faculty of The Agha Khan University Hospital, Karachi,
§ Life Member, of The Pakistan Psychiatric society, and held Positions as Vice President, Secretary General.
§ Life member, of the World Federation of Mental Health,
§ Advisor , National Commission on the Status of Women, Pakistan
RESEARCH WORK
a) ABROAD:
Anorexia Nervosa, Depressive Illness Delirium and Dementia; and conducted multi centres drug trials (New antidepressant – Mianserin in London and drug for Demetia – Hydergine (at The Johns Hopkins University and Duke University USA)
b) AT HOME:
Her research interests are Stress management, Medical Health Policy and Post- Graduate Education, Stress in Industry, Aviation Medicine Post Traumatic Stress Disorders, Bereavement and Psychological Aspects of Renal Dialysis, Women’s Issues (“Violence against Women”, “Depression in Women”, Stress in Working Women, and Sexual Harassment at Work Place). Disaster Psychiatry, (Handling vulnerable groups of women and children in 2005 Pakistan, Earthquake Victims).
INVITED DISTINGUISHED SPEAKER,
· The International Association on Women’s Mental Health,
· The Staff College(Armed Forces) Quetta, Pakistan
· Air War College, KARACHI
· PAF, Aero medical Center Pakistan Air Force Base, Masroor, KARACHI
· Presented several Keynote Lectures at local and International Psychiatric Congresses.
Trained at the centers of excellence, The Royal Free Hospital, The Tavistock Clinic Hampstead London and The Johns Hopkins University, U.S.A.
She has to her credit numerous scientific publications in both national and international journals. She has authored several books; “Emerging Images of Pakistani Women’ , “ “Stress Management” and “The Psychosocial Profile of Pakistani Women”, published by the Karachi University, Centre of Women’s Excellence,& a land mark Monograph on Woman’s Mental Health In Pakistan, a MILLINIUM PUBLICATION OF PPS. EDITED a Book on Medical Ethics in Contemporary Era”, She has Edited, and authored a Book — Pakistan Earthquake2005—International Perspectives in Handling Psycho-Trauma.” The Day the Mountain’s Moved “
Recent Publication-Contemporary Topics in Women’s Mental Health Editor and Author Wiley-Blackwell London (A publication of the World Psychiatric Association)
Uzma Noorani is a rights activist and has been working in the field of human rights and women rights for over two decades.
As a human rights activist she has :
· Served on the council of Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) for over a decade. Through her work in HRCP she has conducted fact finding missions all over Pakistan and Azad Jammu Kashmir to assess the state of human rights. She has monitored and observed the election process and conducted visits to jails to highlight the plight of prisoners. She has taken part in workshops, seminars and protest rallies conducted by HRCP.
· Founding member of Women’s Action Forum (WAF) a pioneer women’s rights organization of Pakistan. As an activist she has been lobbying and advocating for the rights of women since the early 80’s. She has supported non-violent solutions during ethnic strife in Karachi in the mid 90’s.
· She is as an office bearer of Pakistan India Peoples Forum for Peace and Democracy (PIPFD), and a member of South Asians for Human Rights (SAHR).
· Ms.Noorani was instrumental in the inception of Panah Shelter Home and is a Founder Trustee of Panah Trust. She is also a Managing Trustee and General Secretary.
· Founding member of People’s Resistance, a civil society group campaigning for the restoration of the judiciary in 2007.
· Member of Violence against Women Watch (Aurat Foundation) and Joint Action Committee which is a coalition of several NGO’s that come together to work on specific issue’s
Due to her rich experience Ms.Noorani has been invited to speak at various forums and participated in several workshops, both national and international. She has been interviewed by both electronic and print media. Ms.Noorani has helped initiate several campaigns and pressure groups to lobby on various issues of human rights, women’s’ rights, environment, peace, justice and law.
As a peace activist she has participated in various forums advocating peace. Recently she was part of a delegation to Afghanistan to participate in a trialogue on peace (India, Pakistan and Afghanistan).
Additionally she has advocated and lobbied against discriminatory laws like the Hudood Ordinances ,and Blasphemy Law and campaigned for special legislation such as a law on domestic violence.
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