“I am a human rights professional, researcher and trainer who studied Social Work and Political Science in Pakistan from Kinnaird College for Women and University of the Punjab, and graduated in Justice and Peace studies from the University of San Diego, California - USA. When we talk about working women in Pakistan, it indeed is a great challenge to prove your capabilities in a patriarchal society, particularly being a minority woman. I experienced religious discrimination during for being a Christian, therefore, resolved to work for the equal rights for Pakistani citizens. Despite all the odds, I made my way through my hard work. During last 19 years I have developed and implemented several training programs and research projects on Human Rights (including minorities’, women’s and child rights, international human rights/ UN mechanisms), peace-building and conflict resolution. I have also served as the first minority woman member of the civil society advisory group for UN Women Pakistan. She have worked on seven publications (Urdu and English) on human rights and contribute articles in the Daily Times and Hum Sub. The Heidelberg University has included my research in its library. Apart from this, I have been working with several organizations including National Commission for Justice and Peace (of Pakistan Catholic Bishops' Conference), Bytes for all, Democratic Commission for Human Development and Co-founded the Centre for Social Justice utilizing the grant I received as the Rotary Scholar. I hope that equality will overcome any barrier, and one day I will see a rebuilding of the social fabric that has been damaged by religious, ethnic, and linguistic tensions.” Naumana Suleman, Lahore
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