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Ms. Ruqaia Tabasum

DSC_9096 - 1Ms. Tabasum has global experience of more than 10 years mostly focusing on Gender Rights and more specifically working on women in peace and conflict, women’s access to education and health, and women’s access to safe shelters in countries such as Afghanistan and India. She is also pursuing her PhD from Aligarh Muslim University titled, “Human Rights Diplomacy in Foreign Policy” with a special focus on India.

Currently, she is working as Program and Gender specialist with Equality for Peace and Democracy (EPD), a women led nonprofit organization working extensively on gender issues in Afghanistan. In her current position, she has managed various projects funded by USAID PROMOTE, UNDP, Dutch Embassy, UNICEF, Italian Embassy, and USIP related to women.

In the past, she has worked with international organizations such as International Center for Research on Women and Jameel Poverty Action Lab, (JPAL), South Asia. In both organizations, she has worked extensively on gender related issues in India including reproductive health, mother literacy, girls’ education and child marriage.

Recognizing her work on gender, she was awarded Women in Conflict 1325 Fellowship by Beyond Borders, Scotland. The fellowship brings women leaders from across the globe and provides expert guidance and capacity building training in conflict resolution.

Ms. Tabasum is multilingual and can speak English, Hindi, Urdu, and Kashmiri.