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Ifrah Faiz

Ifrah Faiz

Biography

Ifrah joined the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) in the General Duty Pilots (GDP) branch in 2008. While in the PAF, she was appointed sergeant and commanded a flight during her commissioning parade.  She is a proficient solo pilot with experience on MFI-17 and K-8 aircrafts.  She also qualified for the eleventh basic airborne course and trained as a paratrooper, completing five jumps from a C-130, making her the first female paratrooper of PAF’s GDP branch.  After three years of service, she left PAF and joined the social sector. Ifrah now works for the empowerment of refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) in various capacities.  She designed a database and analyzed results of a household survey for all refugee camps in Pakistan at the Afghan Commissionerate and also headed a United Nations women’s project for the Provincial Disaster Management Authority in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) where she worked for the economic empowerment of women of KP and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas. She has delivered motivational lectures for female students in multiple school systems and organizes events to encourage orphaned children to acquire education.  Ifrah completed a Master’s of development studies from IM Sciences Peshawar in 2013 and currently works for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Alongside her social work, she is an avid sportswoman, having participated in the National games swimming competition, and won several medals playing badminton and table tennis.

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