DASTAK Women Rights and Awareness Foundation (DASTAK Foundation) is a newly registered non-profit organization aspiring to work for feminist peace in Pakistan. DASTAK Foundation has been incorporated under the Companies Act, 2017 with Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) in March 2021. DASTAK Foundation is governed by a board of internationally recognized and learned gender experts and hosts an extensive network of local (grassroots/community-based), national-level and regional/global partners. DASTAK was initiated as a campaign (DASTAK – Knock-down GBV) in 2018 with the generous support of U.S. Consulate General Karachi.

DASTAK Women Rights and Awareness Foundation (DASTAK Foundation) is a newly registered non-profit organization aspiring to work for feminist peace in Pakistan. DASTAK Foundation has been incorporated under the Companies Act, 2017 with Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) in March 2021. DASTAK Foundation is governed by a board of internationally recognized and learned gender experts and hosts an extensive network of local (grassroots/community-based), national-level and regional/global partners. DASTAK was initiated as a campaign (DASTAK – Knock-down GBV) in 2018 with the generous support of U.S. Consulate General Karachi.

DASTAK Foundation - Team

Hira Amjad

Co-Founder and Executive Director, ‘DASTAK Foundation’, Hira Amjad is an award winning feminist human rights activist and a trauma-informed gender justice expert from Pakistan. She is on a mission to strengthen gender-based violence prevention and advancement of women’s sexual and reproductive health rights through designing digitally and technologically driven environment friendly programs and forging sustainable networks within Pakistan and across South Asia. She has successfully implemented 10 grassroots community engagement and social mobilisation behaviour change projects, directly impacting 20,000 girls and women and 30 million through social media, supported by the US Embassy, Geneva Center for Human Rights and Global Dialogue, We are Purposeful, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation (Rise Up), Urgent Action Fund, British High Commission, Khyentse Foundation etc. Her work with women and young girls across Pakistan, including those residing in various districts of former war-torn Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), known as Newly Merged Districts (NMDs) has made her cognisant towards the immediate need to advocate for and work towards the implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 in Pakistan. She is working with IFA to develop and execute (a first of its kind) feminist peace-building and conflict resolution program for women in Pakistan.

DASTAK Foundation – Board of Advisors

Dr. Shabbana Fayaz

Professor at Defense & Strategic Studies, Quaid-i-Azam University. Dr. Shabana is a renowned academic and policy practitioner of Pakistan. She holds a Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Birmingham, UK). She is a firm believer in equality and female empowerment and has practiced these values in her own life, fearlessly pursuing the harsh subject matter in her intellectual journey. As an academic and policy practitioner in Pakistan, she’s authored books on “Women’s role in post-conflict reconstruction and Rehabilitation in Pakistan” “Women Moderating Extremism in Pakistan” and “Impact of Women on Pakistani Youth.” She has hosted and participated in several radio and television programs focusing on terrorism, counter-insurgency, challenges of de-radicalization, and non-traditional security issues.

Dr. Asma Shakir Khawaja

Head of Department Strategic Studies at the National Defence University (NDU), Islamabad, where she has been a faculty member since 2008. She is also associated with V-Dem Project as the regional manager for South Asia. She has served a distinguished career in academia, with more than a decade-long teaching, research, and administrative experience. Asma received her Doctorate in South Asian Studies from the Institute of South Asian Studies, Martin-Luther-University. Asma had the honor of being the team member to establish Pakistan’s first-ever Department of Peace and Conflict Studies at NDU in 2008. Her work on Gender includes Women in Security Policy-Making: A Case Study of Pakistan, Reasons, and Victims of Honour Killing in Pakistan: An Analysis. She has been published by various regional and international publications.

Syed Ali Hameed

Peace activist, entrepreneur and development sector practitioner, he has over 10+ years of experience in design and implementation of projects revloving around peace-buidling, countering extremism and youth empowerment. He has worked with many local and international organizations in designing and execeuting community-based interventions aimed at raising awareness, capacity building and policy advocacy. As executive director of Shaoor Foundation, he has managed dozens of nationwide projects reaching out to approximately 50,000 + indiviauls in 60 + districts. In addition to being CVE expert, Ali is also certifified meditation and mindfulness expert and the only Peace Architect from Pakistan (associated with World Peace Initiative, Thailand). He has worked as director oversight on many project with the US embassy, Islamabad.

Hira Amjad

Co-Founder and Executive Director, ‘DASTAK Foundation’, Hira Amjad is an award winning feminist human rights activist and a trauma-informed gender justice expert from Pakistan. She is on a mission to strengthen gender-based violence prevention and advancement of women’s sexual and reproductive health rights through designing digitally and technologically driven environment friendly programs and forging sustainable networks within Pakistan and across South Asia. She has successfully implemented 10 grassroots community engagement and social mobilisation behaviour change projects, directly impacting 20,000 girls and women and 30 million through social media, supported by the US Embassy, Geneva Center for Human Rights and Global Dialogue, We are Purposeful, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation (Rise Up), Urgent Action Fund, British High Commission, Khyentse Foundation etc. Her work with women and young girls across Pakistan, including those residing in various districts of former war-torn Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), known as Newly Merged Districts (NMDs) has made her cognisant towards the immediate need to advocate for and work towards the implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 in Pakistan. She is working with IFA to develop and execute (a first of its kind) feminist peace-building and conflict resolution program for women in Pakistan.

Sarah Belal

Founder and Executive Director, Justice Project Pakistan, Sarah Belal studied History at Smith College, Northampton. She completed her law degree from Oxford University in 2006. She qualified as a barrister after completing the Bar Vocational Course in 2007. She obtained her licence to practice in Pakistan in 2008 and gained rights of audience in the High Court in 2008. Since 2009, she has been leading the team at Justice Project Pakistan. Sarah is the recipient of the 2016 Franco-German Human Rights Prize, granted to only 16 human rights activists throughout the world. In Dec. 2016, she was also awarded the National Human Rights

DASTAK Foundation – Partners and Donors

DASTAK Foundation – Team

Hira Amjad

Co-Founder and Executive Director, ‘DASTAK Foundation’, Hira Amjad is an award winning feminist human rights activist and a trauma-informed gender justice expert from Pakistan. She is on a mission to strengthen gender-based violence prevention and advancement of women’s sexual and reproductive health rights through designing digitally and technologically driven environment friendly programs and forging sustainable networks within Pakistan and across South Asia. She has successfully implemented 10 grassroots community engagement and social mobilisation behaviour change projects, directly impacting 20,000 girls and women and 30 million through social media, supported by the US Embassy, Geneva Center for Human Rights and Global Dialogue, We are Purposeful, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation (Rise Up), Urgent Action Fund, British High Commission, Khyentse Foundation etc. Her work with women and young girls across Pakistan, including those residing in various districts of former war-torn Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), known as Newly Merged Districts (NMDs) has made her cognisant towards the immediate need to advocate for and work towards the implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 in Pakistan. She is working with IFA to develop and execute (a first of its kind) feminist peace-building and conflict resolution program for women in Pakistan.

DASTAK Foundation –
Board of Advisors

Dr. Shabbana Fayaz

Professor at Defense & Strategic Studies, Quaid-i-Azam University. Dr. Shabana is a renowned academic and policy practitioner of Pakistan. She holds a Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Birmingham, UK). She is a firm believer in equality and female empowerment and has practiced these values in her own life, fearlessly pursuing the harsh subject matter in her intellectual journey. As an academic and policy practitioner in Pakistan, she’s authored books on “Women’s role in post-conflict reconstruction and Rehabilitation in Pakistan” “Women Moderating Extremism in Pakistan” and “Impact of Women on Pakistani Youth.” She has hosted and participated in several radio and television programs focusing on terrorism, counter-insurgency, challenges of de-radicalization, and non-traditional security issues.

Dr. Asma Shakir Khawaja

Head of Department Strategic Studies at the National Defence University (NDU), Islamabad, where she has been a faculty member since 2008. She is also associated with V-Dem Project as the regional manager for South Asia. She has served a distinguished career in academia, with more than a decade-long teaching, research, and administrative experience. Asma received her Doctorate in South Asian Studies from the Institute of South Asian Studies, Martin-Luther-University. Asma had the honor of being the team member to establish Pakistan’s first-ever Department of Peace and Conflict Studies at NDU in 2008. Her work on Gender includes Women in Security Policy-Making: A Case Study of Pakistan, Reasons, and Victims of Honour Killing in Pakistan: An Analysis. She has been published by various regional and international publications.

Syed Ali Hameed

Peace activist, entrepreneur and development sector practitioner, he has over 10+ years of experience in design and implementation of projects revloving around peace-buidling, countering extremism and youth empowerment. He has worked with many local and international organizations in designing and execeuting community-based interventions aimed at raising awareness, capacity building and policy advocacy. As executive director of Shaoor Foundation, he has managed dozens of nationwide projects reaching out to approximately 50,000 + indiviauls in 60 + districts. In addition to being CVE expert, Ali is also certifified meditation and mindfulness expert and the only Peace Architect from Pakistan (associated with World Peace Initiative, Thailand). He has worked as director oversight on many project with the US embassy, Islamabad.

Hira Amjad

Co-Founder and Executive Director, ‘DASTAK Foundation’, Hira Amjad is an award winning feminist human rights activist and a trauma-informed gender justice expert from Pakistan. She is on a mission to strengthen gender-based violence prevention and advancement of women’s sexual and reproductive health rights through designing digitally and technologically driven environment friendly programs and forging sustainable networks within Pakistan and across South Asia. She has successfully implemented 10 grassroots community engagement and social mobilisation behaviour change projects, directly impacting 20,000 girls and women and 30 million through social media, supported by the US Embassy, Geneva Center for Human Rights and Global Dialogue, We are Purposeful, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation (Rise Up), Urgent Action Fund, British High Commission, Khyentse Foundation etc. Her work with women and young girls across Pakistan, including those residing in various districts of former war-torn Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), known as Newly Merged Districts (NMDs) has made her cognisant towards the immediate need to advocate for and work towards the implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 in Pakistan. She is working with IFA to develop and execute (a first of its kind) feminist peace-building and conflict resolution program for women in Pakistan.

Sarah Belal

Founder and Executive Director, Justice Project Pakistan, Sarah Belal studied History at Smith College, Northampton. She completed her law degree from Oxford University in 2006. She qualified as a barrister after completing the Bar Vocational Course in 2007. She obtained her licence to practice in Pakistan in 2008 and gained rights of audience in the High Court in 2008. Since 2009, she has been leading the team at Justice Project Pakistan. Sarah is the recipient of the 2016 Franco-German Human Rights Prize, granted to only 16 human rights activists throughout the world. In Dec. 2016, she was also awarded the National Human Rights

DASTAK Foundation – Partners and Donors