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Aftab Waheed

Aftab Waheed

Biography

Aftab Waheed is a social entrepreneur with a humble upbringing in the remote area of Hujra Shah Moqeem in the Okara district of Punjab.  He believes in the power of theater as a powerful tool to introduce new ideas and positively influencing attitudes and behavior. Through performing arts, Aftab connects youth to productive channels of change. He has been actively involved in several awareness campaigns in deprived communities, including the UNDP Gender Equity and Empowerment Program and the Pakistan’s Ministry of Health polio eradication campaign, to promote social development and community health to uplift marginalized rural communities in Punjab. After working with known organizations such as Rafi Peer Theater, Punjab Lok Rahs, and Church World Service, he used his experiences to launch his own theater. Aptly named Jago (awakening), he uses this medium to address real problems and educate his community through a moderate voice. Overcoming many challenges, Aftab acquired a masters in Gender Studies and is an electronic resources research associate at the Lahore University of Management Sciences, where he conducts research on public health issues and women’s rights.

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