About Us

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

RESOURCE POOL

ACADEMICS

Anjana Raza

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

 

Rubina Saigol

Programme Officer, Research Associate (1996-1999)

Human Rights Text Books Project

Ph.D in Sociology of Education, University of Rochester.

MA in Development Psychology, Columbia University

 

Kauser Sheikh

Researcher & Story Writer (1999)

Human Rights Text Books Project

M.A English Literature (Kinnaird College)

Study on Human Rights, Columbia University

 

Marium Abrar

(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

 

Hina Azfar

Editor Bayan (2003 – 2009)

LLB Punjab Law College, Lahore

BA University of the Punjab

 

Samiya Mumtaz

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

 

Naveen Qayyum

Proj. Coordinator, Translator and Editor (2002 – 2007)

Human Rights School Text Project (Urdu).

MA (Kinnaird College), University of Punjab

 

Shahina Hanif

Graphic Designer/Coordinator Publication (2004 – 2009)

MA SOAS, University of London.

BA NCA, Lahore.

 

Samina Choonara

Editor (Joined 2000 – 2002, Rejoined 2004 – 2007)

Honor Killing Project

Editor ‘Inner Courtyard’

MPhil Social and Political Thought, Sussex

MA Philosophy Karachi University

 

Sabeeha Latif

Field Researcher (2007 – 2010)

MA Education, MA Economics University of the Punjab.

ARTISTS/DESIGNERS & WRITERS 

 

Ahmed Ali (Artist – Professional)
Amna Shah Amna Yakin
Amna Zulfiqar
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)

 

 

PRINTERS

 

C Creative Printers (Shahid Pervaiz)
MagPie Printers (Faisal Khursheed)
Balance Publicity (Tabassum Salim)

Collective Members:

 

 

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.

  • Founder member: Women’s Action Forum 1981
  • Founder member: Simorgh 1985

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.

  • Founder member Women’s Action Forum 1981
  • Founder member Simorgh 1985

Samina Bano Rahman (educationist):

 MA English (Pb). MA (Cantab).

  • Founder Member, Director and Principal: Lahore Grammar School System.
  • Founder Member: Women’s Action Forum 1981
  • Founder Member: SAHE (Society for the Advancement of Education)

 

 

Saltanat Bukhari (Educationist):

B.A Punjab.

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)

SIMORGH NETWORK

NATIONAL NETWORK

 

AGHS

Ajoka Theatre

All Pakistan Women’s Association (APWA)

Applied Socio-economic Research (ASR)

Aurat Foundation

Children’s Rights Society (CRS)

Church World Services (CSW)

Dar-ul-Aman

Dastak

Democratic Commission of Human Davelopment

Entrepreneurship and Career Institute (ECI)

Family Planning Association of Pakistan (FPAP)

Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP)

Insan Foundation

Joint Action Committee (JAC)

Justice and Peace Commission

Kashaff

Pakistan Women’s Organisation (PWO)

Rozan

Sahil

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)

Sudhar

Sungi Development Foundation

War Against Rape (WAR)

Women Action Forum (WAF)

Women Living Under Muslim Laws

World Wildlife Fund (WWF)

INTERNATIONAL NETWORK

 

CHANGE, UK

DAWN International

Equality Now

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)

 

 

REGIONAL NETWORK

 

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

Kalyanamitra, Indonesia

Nari Pokhho, Bangladesh

Sakshi, India

Sewa

Social Scientists’ Association

Unnayan Bikalper Nitinirdharoni Gobeshona (Policy Research for Development Alternatives) (UBINIG)

WORK FORCE

Neelam Hussain

    Executive Coordinator  

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)

Manager Programs

Masters (Gender Studies, University of the Punjab)

Women Executive Leadership Course, University of Queensland, Australia)

 

Shazia Azam (2007 – Present)

Manager Programs

Masters (Political Science, University of the Punjab)

 

Kanwal Muzaffar (2014 – Present)

Manager Programs 

Masters (Gender Studies, University of the Punjab)

 

Zil-e- Huma (2016 – Present)

Senior Researcher

PhD. (in progress) Gender Studies, University of the Punjab

 

Shafia Maqbool (2020 – Present)

Researcher

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) 

Researcher 

MS/MPhil. (Gender and Development Studies, LCWU)

 

Nida Afzal (2021 – Present) 

Researcher

BS Hons. (Sociology, University of the Punjab)

 

Rimsha Munir (2021 – Present)

Researcher

BA Hons. (Literature & Education, FCCU)

Enum Naseer (2019 – Present)

Editor (Bayan) 

Graduate (International Politics, SOAS University of London)

 

Mehak Zaraq Bari (2021 – Present)

Legal Editor (Bayan)

LLM (Human Rights Law), Queen Mary University of London

 

Menahil Shahid (2021 – Present)

Researcher (Bayan)

Student BS Hons. – FCCU

 

Muhammad Usman Ali (2005 – Present)

HR Manager

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)

Manager Accounts

Graduate Forman Christian College, Punjab.

Certificate in Accounting & Finance, Skill Development Council

 

Seher Rashid Alvi (2014 – Present)

Accounts Officer

Bachelor in Commerce, University of Sargodha

 

Farhan Afzal (2021 – Present)

Accounts Assistant

Intermediate in Commerce, Punjab College

 

Sunny Masih (2009 – Present)

Office Assistant

 

Yaqoob (2020 – Present)

Driver

 

Ms. Zubaida Sadiq (1995 – Present)

Cleaning staff

 

Muhammad Abid (2020 – Present)

Guard