Reclaiming our Bodies: Women’s Reproductive Rights in Pakistan at T2F


About the Talk:
Drawing from the collective and individual narratives of women regarding their performative roles, body autonomy, and their reproductive rights, Join The Second Floor on the 11th of March for a talk designed specifically to tackle societal stigmas associated surrounding family planning, and to better understand women’s reproductive rights.

Please note: Following their 8th March virtual premiere of “Beti”, the discussion will be the first of many on the theme of gender studies. Your engagement and suggestions will greatly help them in planning events for the future!

About the Moderator:
Noorulain Masood
develops and leads customized learning experiences for organizations on women’s leadership, leadership and employee wellbeing, under her company “be.”[spacetobe.pk]. She teaches Leadership as a Teaching Fellow for Harvard Executive Education, has worked internationally and locally, and is a Harvard, Fulbright, and LUMS alumna.

About the speakers:

Hilda Saeed:
Hilda Saeed born 1936 Hilda Saeed works in the area of population and development, reproductive health and gender. She is a long-time women’s rights activist, among the founder members of Women Action Forum (WAF), and was among the 1000 global nominees for the “1000 Nobel Peacewomen Award 2005”. Hilda is a tireless campaigner for the rights of women, as well as for minority rights and interfaith dialogue and harmony.

Uzma Noorani:
Uzma Noorani has been working in the field of human and women’s rights for over two decades. 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. She is a founding member of Women’s Action Forum (WAF), a pioneering women’s rights organization of Pakistan. As an activist she has been lobbying and advocating for the rights of women since early 80’s. She has supported nonviolent solutions during ethnic strife in Karachi in the mid 90’s. Ms. Noorani is an office bearer of Pakistan India Peoples Forum for Peace and Democracy (PIPFD), and a member of South Asians for Human Rights (SAHR). She is a Founding Trustee as well as Managing Trustee and General Secretary of Panah Trust, which runs Panah Shelter Home. She is a founding member of People’s Resistance, a civil society group which was formed in 2007 for the restoration of the judiciary

Dr. Agha Xaher Gul:
Dr. Xaher Gul is a Public Health Physician specializing in Health Systems and Policy, applied through the lens of Health Promotion and empowerment education. His work focuses on promotion of participatory, rights-based, and people-centered sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services, including prevention of unsafe abortion, access to contraception and safe motherhood, and prevention and treatment of HIV among sexual and gender minorities. Dr. Gul currently works as a technical advisor and consultant with organizations across academia, private non-profit, and private-for profit sectors, that are working on strengthening SRH research, advocacy, and service delivery in Pakistan..

Dr. Asha Bedar:
Dr. Asha Bedar is a practising clinical psychologist, trainer, facilitator and researcher. She has been working with individuals, groups and organisations, both in Pakistan and Australia for over 20 years, on issues related to gender, violence against women and children, trauma mental health, life skills, human rights and peace education.

Ramma Shahid:
Ramma Shahid is a Communications, Media and Marketing professional and has over a decade of work experience in the diverse fields of Communication, Media, Marketing, Public Relations, Development and Academia. Ms. Shahid has a Master’s degree in Mass Communications from Kinnaird College for Women Lahore and she is an IVLP Edward Murrow Fellowship Alumni 2013 and an IVLP Alumni Ties Kazakhstan participant 2019. Ms.Shahid has previously created and supervised various advertisement campaigns and documentaries as well as songs while working closely with core government/public sector media teams. She also worked as the media consultant for Women Development Department (Punjab Govt) (WDD) on themes including women emancipation and gender equity.

Date: Wednesday, 11th March 2020
Venue: Faraar Gallery, T2F
Timing: 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Entry Ticket: Free!
Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/632986210834096/

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