Speaker Bio

Fauzia Viqar is a women’s rights activist with over 17 years of experience working against gender and race-based discrimination . She has led reforms against gender and racial discrimination in Pakistan, Canada and in many international forums for changes in the law and practice. Her most recent contributions include pioneering an effective monitoring system (Gender Management Information System) for implementation of laws and services for women, a government helpline that has provided information and addressed complaints from women in over 650000 calls in 3 years, effective women's empowerment in shelters and , a sustained crusade against violence perpetrated on women. Fauzia serves on various public sector and civil society boards. During the past 5 years, she has been at the helm of landmark changes in Pakistan that have changed the landscape for women’s equality. Fauzia has established as the first Chairperson, and is heading (since 2014) the Punjab Commission on the Status of Women (http://pcsw.punjab.gov.pk), a government body responsible for promoting women’s empowerment.

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