Simorgh – Women’s Resource & Publication Centre Started in 1985 as a part-time initiative and formalised as a full-time organisation in 1995, Simorgh is a non-government, non-profit, feminist/activist organisation.
Simorgh’s main focus is research and dissemination of information that will enable women and men to challenge the dominance of ideas that support social and economic divisions on the basis of gender, class, religion, race and nationality. Simorgh aims to redefine the culturally biased roles of men and women, and to promote not only equality between the genders, but to allow each individual to develop and find expression in his/her own right.
Simorgh acknowledges the fact that while women’s oppression cuts across class, race, religion, age, nationality and the politics of economic arrangements, it cannot be separated from these issues. Thus, while recognising the interconnections between gender subordination and other forms of oppression, and taking into account the systemic discriminations in our own society, we do not discount the fact that income gains in the developed capitalist countries have resulted partly from the political manipulation and impoverishment of the Third World. Believing that cultural conditioning rather than biological differences defines the behavioural patterns of women and men, Simorgh is of the view that women must themselves play a more active role in bringing about the changes they seek. The first step in this direction would be to empower then with knowledge, skills, economic independence, and an awareness of the role that the dominant culture – in collusion with the divisions of class, religion and ethnicity – plays in keeping them in their present position.
Simorgh’s position comprises the materialistic view of society, enlarged by feminism. However, we have consciously avoided putting ourselves into any existing category, as defined by Western feminists. We believe that we have to develop our own approach to our problems in accordance with our historical and socio-economic needs. Simorgh works with students, teachers, media professionals, NGOs and CBOs. Our main focus being research and dissemination of information, we strive to achieve our objective through publications, seminars, conferences, documentary films, gender awareness workshops, and, skill dissemination and income-generation projects.
Simorgh has selected the following areas of focus in its agenda for change:
Violence against Women
Women’s Rights as Human Rights
Mediatic Representation of Women
Education and other Knowledge Systems
Religious Fundamentalisms and Women’s Oppression
Ideology and the Family
Women’s Histories and Women in History
Volunteer (1992), Proj. Coordinator, Graphic Designer/Desktop Publisher (Rejoined in 2002-2005)
Teacher Training Project
BA (Liberal Arts), Mount Holyoke College, Massachusetts, USA
MA Goldsmiths University of London
Researcher & Story Writer (1999)
Human Rights Text Books Project
M.A English Literature (Kinnaird College)
Study on Human Rights, Columbia University
(April 2001 – 2010)
Administrative Coordinator, Accounts In-charge
Coordinator Planting Seeds of Change: Human Rights Workshops for Consultation of Women’s Police Force. Also a translator.
MA Public Administration, University of Punjab
Editor Bayan (2003 – 2009)
LLB Punjab Law College, Lahore
BA University of the Punjab
Editor Bayan Joined in (1997 – Rejoined – October 2001 – Present)
Conference Coordinator (‘Politics of Language’, ‘Colonial Roots and Post-colonial Identities’)
Editor – ‘Engendering the Nation-State’ I & II
BA Mount Holyoke College, Massachusetts, USA
Proj. Coordinator, Translator and Editor (2002 – 2007)
Human Rights School Text Project (Urdu).
MA (Kinnaird College), University of Punjab
Graphic Designer/Coordinator Publication (2004 – 2009)
MA SOAS, University of London.
BA NCA, Lahore.
Editor (Joined 2000 – 2002, Rejoined 2004 – 2007)
Honor Killing Project
Editor ‘Inner Courtyard’
MPhil Social and Political Thought, Sussex
MA Philosophy Karachi University
Field Researcher (2007 – 2010)
MA Education, MA Economics University of the Punjab.
Ahmed Ali (Artist – Professional)
Amna Shah Amna Yakin
Bano Razee (Artist – Student)
Beenish (Artist – Student)
Khooban Hasan (Artist – Student)
Maaheen Ahmed (Writer – Student)
Maryam Rahman (Artist – Professional)
Murad Khan Mumtaz (Artist – Student)
Nadeem Basheer (Artist – Professional)
Nusra Latif (Artist – Professional)
Sahar Ghani (Artist – Professional)
Saba Khan (Artist – Professional)
Sara Hameed (Writer – Student)
Sara Khan (Artist – Student)
Zhila Shah (Writer)
Zoreen (Artist – Student)
C Creative Printers (Shahid Pervaiz)
MagPie Printers (Faisal Khursheed)
Balance Publicity (Tabassum Salim)
Ferida Sher (sociologist):
MA Social Work (Pb). MA Economics (Development Studies) (Manchester).
Work Experience: Over 25 years of teaching, Programme Manager in Population Planning and Grassroots Development. Gender Consultant and Resource Person/ Lead Trainer Gender Orientation workshops, training of trainer workshops etc, project analyst etc.
Nasrene Shah (educationist):
BA Karachi. Postgraduate Diploma Social Studies Bedford College, University of London.
Work Experience: Over twenty-five years of teaching.
Founder, Director and Principal Lahore Grammar School System – a group of progressive schools for girls and boys.
Samina Bano Rahman (educationist):
MA English (Pb). MA (Cantab).
Saltanat Bukhari (Educationist):
Founder Member and Director, Lahore Grammar School System.
Naheed Aziz (Gender Consultant):
MA History, University of the Punjab
Diploma in “Planning with women for urban development strategies for low income house-holds”, University of London, UK.
Diploma in communication, Cornell University, Ithaca, USA.
Tauseef Hayat (Educationist)
Aisha Amir Ahmad (Educationist)
All Pakistan Women’s Association (APWA)
Applied Socio-economic Research (ASR)
Children’s Rights Society (CRS)
Church World Services (CSW)
Democratic Commission of Human Davelopment
Entrepreneurship and Career Institute (ECI)
Family Planning Association of Pakistan (FPAP)
Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP)
Joint Action Committee (JAC)
Justice and Peace Commission
Pakistan Women’s Organisation (PWO)
Shirkat Gah Women’s Resource Centre
Society for the Advancement of Education (SAHE)
South Asia Partnership Pakistan (SAP Pk)
Strengthening Participatory Organization (SPO)
Sustainable Development Project, Islamabad (SDPI)
Sungi Development Foundation
War Against Rape (WAR)
Women Action Forum (WAF)
Women Living Under Muslim Laws
World Wildlife Fund (WWF)
Institute of Development Studies, Sussex
Women’s Global Network for Reproductive Rights
Women’s International Resource Centre (ISIS)
World Council of Churches
DFID (Ilm Ideas)
Ain-o-Salish Kendra, Bangladesh
Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD)
The Asia-Pacific Women’s Action Network (APWAN)
Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC)
Asian Regional Exchange for New Alternatives (ARENA)
Asian Women’s Human Rights Council (AWHRC)
Centre for Women’s Development (CWD)
Committee for Asian Women (CAW)
The Gender Watch Professional Interest Group (GWPIG), Nepal
Institute for Social Studies Trust (ISST)
Kali for Women
Nari Pokhho, Bangladesh
Social Scientists’ Association
Unnayan Bikalper Nitinirdharoni Gobeshona (Policy Research for Development Alternatives) (UBINIG)
Founder Member: Simorgh 1985
MA English (Pb). MA (Leeds). Post-Graduate Research (Sussex).
Over twenty-five years teaching experience as Lecturer/Professor:
Kinnaird College for Women Lahore, Lahore Grammar School and
Professor of Practice at University of London SOAS
Nazia Hasan (2004 – Present)
Masters (Gender Studies, University of the Punjab)
Women Executive Leadership Course, University of Queensland, Australia)
Shazia Azam (2007 – Present)
Masters (Political Science, University of the Punjab)
Kanwal Muzaffar (2014 – Present)
Masters (Gender Studies, University of the Punjab)
Zil-e- Huma (2016 – Present)
PhD. (in progress) Gender Studies, University of the Punjab
Shafia Maqbool (2020 – Present)
MPhil. (Education Policy and Development, University of the Punjab)
Zunaira Mehmood (2020 – Present)
Monitoring and Evaluation Officer
Masters (International Relations, University of Sargodha)
Arshia Yasin (2020 – Present)
MS/MPhil. (Gender and Development Studies, LCWU)
Nida Afzal (2021 – Present)
BS Hons. (Sociology, University of the Punjab)
Nisha Ghani (2022 – Present)
Graduate (Fine Arts: Printmaking and Digital Media, NCA Lahore)
Ch. Amad Tahir (2022 – Present)
Legal Editor (Bayan)
LLB (Hons), University of London
Menahil Shahid (2021 – Present)
BS (Hons), Forman Christian College
Muhammad Usman Ali (2005 – Present)
BA Arts, University of the Punjab
Laeeque Ahmed (2000 – Present)
Graphic Designer / IT / Printing Administrator
Diploma Graphic Design, Punjab College
Waseem Allah Rakha (1998 – Present)
Graduate Forman Christian College, Punjab.
Certificate in Accounting & Finance, Skill Development Council
Seher Rashid Alvi (2014 – Present)
Bachelor in Commerce, University of Sargodha
Farhan Afzal Minhas (2021 – Present)
Intermediate in Commerce, Punjab College
Sunny Masih (2009 – Present)
Pervaiz Chaudhry (2021 – Present)
Ms. Zubaida Sadiq (1995 – Present)
Muhammad Abid (2020 – Present)