Hira Amjad

Working with survivors of violence across Pakistan, Hira works to counter gender-based violence and forge women rights

Hira has been working with survivors of violence across Pakistan since 2014.

She specializes in development/execution of community engagement/social mobilization development projects to counter gender-based violence and to advance women rights.

Director, ‘DASTAK Foundation’ , Hira Amjad has been working to eradicate gender-based violence and to promote women rights across Pakistan since 2014. She specializes in development/execution of grassroots community engagement, awareness raising and social development projects with quantitative gendered outcomes.

Hira has worked with women and young girls across Pakistan, including those residing in various districts of former war-torn Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). Her nationwide campaign to counter GBV - DASTAK can be credited for reaching out to millions through social media and thousands via grassroots activities in Sindh, Balochistan and Islamabad.

The campaign has also successfully established safe circles for women through awareness-raising and self-defense training sessions at community level and within universities across Pakistan.

Hira has also used rickshaw painting, street art and films in order to strengthen the fight against gender-based violence. She has produced/made 6 short films on gender-based violence and the films have generated meaningful conversations on the ‘subject areas’ post-screenings, within Pakistan and abroad (India, Germany and Sweden).

Hira has also launched extensive campaigns on International Women’s Day (2020), Global Menstruation Day and 16 Days of Activism (2019 and 2020), reaching out to millions, within Pakistan and abroad.

Furthermore, as part of her role as a Program Development and Execution Specialist at Shaoor Foundation (three years), she has co-designed various national/international level projects aimed at promoting women empowerment/entrepreneurship and peace within the society such as CELL Development Program for SMEs, PACT for Tolerance (PACT), WE-Sports and others and executed grassroots entrepreneurial and women empowerment projects.

Hira has also launched ‘Haq Haqdaar Tak’ campaign in collaboration with Pakistan Peace Collective during her time as a Program Officer at Manhattan Pakistan to promote safer charity within the country.  

She is also fellow ifa CrossCulture Program (Germany) and is in the process of bringing a German-based organization to Pakistan to counter extremism at religious seminaries through their flagship product XGames.

Hira Amjad and DASTAK Foundation team are well-equipped, prepared and trained to deliver the respective project, simultaneously ensuring to meet timeline/deadlines.

Her experience of working on gender-related subjects/issues with US Embassy, UNDP etc., and especially with survivors of violence during COVID-19 lockdown has honed her skills further to work against GBV in Pakistan.

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