Asia

Marfua Tokhtakhodjaeva

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A long time leader of the women’s movement in Uzbekistan, Marfua Tokhtakhodjaeva is a founding member and co-director of the Women’s Resource Center (WRC) in Tashkent, an NGO founded in 1991 to work towards economic and social stability, democratization, and increased awareness of women’s human rights in the region. Dr. Tokhtakhodjaeva has written extensively on the status of women in central Asia in post-communist societies and was formerly a Regional fellow at the Kennan Institute of the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, DC.

Kavita Ramdas

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Kavita Ramdas is the President and CEO of the Global Fund for Women, a grantmaking foundation that supports women's human rights organizations working to address issues of stopping violence against women, gaining economic independence, increasing girls' access to education, advancing health and reproductive rights, and expanding civic and political participation.

Riffat Hassan

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Dr. Riffat Hassan is Professor of Humanities and Religious Studies at the University of Louisville and also formerly served as the Chairperson of Religious Studies. She has taught at numerous universities, including the University of Punjab in Lahore, Pakistan, the University of Pennsylvania, the Lousiville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, and Harvard University. A noted scholar and lecturer, Dr. Hassan has published numerous works on women in Islam and Iqbal, and often lectures internationally on women, Islam, interreligious dialogue, and human rights.

Noeleen Heyzer

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Dr. Noeleen Heyzer is former Executive Director of the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), where she served as the United Nations' chief advocate for gender mainstreaming within the institution and internationally. She is UNIFEM's first Executive Director from the Global South. Ms.

Geeta Rao Gupta

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Dr. Geeta Rao Gupta, is a leading authority on women's role in development, an advocate for women's empowerment and women's human rights, and an internationally recognized expert on women and HIV/AIDS. She brings 20 years of experience in research and program development to the gender and development field.

Sakena Lida Yacoobi

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Sakena Yacoobi is President and Executive Director of the Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL), an Afghan NGO she founded with two other women in 1995 in Peshawar, Pakistan to provide teacher training to Afghan women, to support education for boys and girls, and to provide health education to women and children.

Aruna Rao

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Aruna Rao is a gender and institutional change expert with over 20 years' experience of addressing gender issues in a variety of development organizations, primarily in Asia. Dr. Rao is Director of Gender at Work, a knowledge and capacity building network focused on gender and institutional change. She also serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of CIVICUS, a worldwide membership organization of civil society organizations, and as a Commissioner of the Commission on Globalization convened by State of the World Forum.

Zainah Anwar

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Zainah Anwar, a women's rights activist and well-published freelance writer, is former Executive Director of Sisters in Islam (SIS), a group of professional Muslim women committed to promoting the rights of Muslim women. An advocate for women's rights under Islam and the possibilities for alternative interpretation of the Qur'an, she was formerly a member of the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia, a Chief Programme Officer for the Political Division at the Commonwealth Secretariat in London, and a Senior Analyst at the Institute of Strategic and International Studies.

Urgent Appeal for Pakistan Flood Relief Funds

July 29, 2010

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WLP Partner Aurat Foundation's Motherland Flood Relief Campaign
for women, children, and the elderly

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WLP's partner in Pakistan, the Aurat Foundation, has launched a nation-wide flood relief campaign to meet the urgent needs of women, children, and the elderly. We need your help to provide critical supplies to the flood's most vulnerable victims.

Tolekan Ismailova's Statement to Supporters

July 8, 2010

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