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Peshraft Foundation for Human Rights

Peshraft (an Urdu word that means progress) is a unique initiative to focus and monitor the Pakistan’s progress upon the globally recognized Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ESCR) with special reference to girls, women & gender in the country in accordance with the International Covenant of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR). The organisation, started in January 2014, is women collective, aimed to promote human rights for women in the context of their economic, social and cultural empowerment through ever-evolving strategies and activities in both conceptual and practical realms by giving them support in attaining their financial independence with a special focus on the right to health.

Peshraft will have a national focus in the initial phase however, as support is gathered over the time, it plans to expand the sphere of its activities regionally and globally. From its base in Pakistan, the organisation works to promote the rights of women to water, food, shelter, health, education and work for addressing women’s poverty, by bringing a gender perspective to policy, laws and practice at the local, national, regional and international levels.

Peshraft will work towards attainment of the democratic rights for girls, women and communities at large, for it strongly believes that democracy as representation of the collective will of people and it cannot simply be functional by merely pushing a button, rather it is a process which the people initiate by conscious decisions and sustain it by subscribing to its principles in theory and practice. While democracy is sustained through constitutional and bureaucratic means, it requires an auxiliary socio-cultural climate to flourish. The society must be constitutive of participatory governance, political pluralism, gender equality and an inclusive education system to grasp concepts such as liberty, equality, justice, law, the rights and responsibilities of the state and its people.

The possibility of violence permeates women’s lives from birth to death and also, it is estimated that women represent 70% of the world’s poor and two third of the world’s illiterates while they own only 1% of the world’s wealth. Women often work for longer hours than men, but substantial part of their work remains unrecognized, under-valued and unappreciated. Women’s poverty is one of the priority areas and Peshraft seeks to explore how the national and international human rights framework can be used to address these issues.

Peshraft seeks partnerships with the organizations and other networks working on a similar agenda in Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America and North America that are able to share expertise, strengthen human resources and create tools to raise awareness around women’s ESCR. Our leadership development programme is aimed at addressing these needs from the local to the global level.

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Our Team

Senator Surriya Amiruddin
Senator Surriya Amiruddin
Senator Surriya Amiruddin is a seasoned women and human rights activist with 50 years history of activism. She started as a student activist in the late 1950s and then as an educationist, human rights defender and political worker she worked for democracy, human rights and women emancipation. She served as the Vice Chairperson of Balochistan in the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan and elected Senator on the basis of her long and illustrious services for the marginalised people and communities.
Moniza Inam
Moniza Inam
Moniza Inam is a former student leader and worked actively for the revival of democracy in the country. After completing her Masters she joined journalism believing that it is the vocation where she can play her role in bringing the change in society at large as it is a vehicle of change and a challenger of status quo
Farah Akhter
Farah Akhter
Farah Akhter works as a social activist with a passion to utilize skills for the betterment of society, passes her knowledge to others and be profitable to the organization. She has done a Master’s in sociology from the University of Karachi. She started her work as a development worker in 1994, when she was appointed as an A.C.D.O in PHED project affiliated with the World Bank where she prepared feasibility and survey reports of villages regarding feasibility for water and drainage supply.
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