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Pakistani women offer views on women's rights

Release Date: November 4, 2013
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Amina Sadaf (left) answers a question during a panel discussion on women’s rights in Pakistan held at Lawrence Technological University on Nov. 4. Southfield Mayor Brenda Lawrence (at the podium) is the moderator.

Four Pakistani women in leadership positions with non-government organizations (NGOs) discussed women’s rights and progress for women in their country at a panel discussion at Lawrence Tech on Nov. 4.

The program was organized by LTU’s Center for Non-Profit Management and the International Visitors Council of Metropolitan Detroit. Southfield Mayor Brenda Lawrence was the moderator.

Members of the panel were: • Sadia Nawaz Cheema, program officer at Strengthening Participatory Organization, an NGO in Lahore, Pakistan. • Beenish Ifran, chairperson of Women’s Concerns Organization, an NGO in Peshawar, Pakistan. • Sobia Nosheen, a monitoring and evaluation officer at Social Efforts for Education and Development, an NGO in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. • Amina Sadaf, director of The World Pioneers, an NGO in Islamabad, Pakistan.

The four women are Civil Society Fellows sponsored by the U.S. State Department. They were in the Detroit area for three-week internships with Michigan-based non-profits, Focus: HOPE, Alternatives for Girls, United Way for Southeastern Michigan, and Lighthouse Oakland County.