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Saba Shaikh


Saba is currently working as Director of Advocacy and Networking of Dastak, a charitable trust running a shelter for women in Lahore, Pakistan. She is extensively involved in expanding the network base of Dastak and advocating for the protection needs of women suffering from gender-based violence in the country.  Previously she worked as the coordinator for a child rights project at AGHS Legal Aid Cell, a human rights and legal aid organization operating in Pakistan since 1980—the first established in the country. The major focus of the organization has been the rights of women, children and minorities in Pakistan. She joined the organization at a time when the child rights project was in need of organizational restructuring and helped build and develop the project towards a wider institutional base, ensuring timely execution of the project, both independently and in collaboration with other team members. Saba has also worked as a research associate at Lahore University of Management Sciences where she undertook research on international law issues. More recently she was part of the team conducting Child Protection Mapping and Assessment Exercise (a UNICEF project) in Punjab. She regularly writes the child rights chapter of Human Rights Commission of Pakistan’s Annual Report on the State of Human Rights in Pakistan. Saba is also a member of South Asians for Human Rights (SAHR), a regional human rights organization, and has conducted two research studies for the organization on minority rights and emergency laws of Pakistan. Saba has a University of London LLB degree (international program) and Masters in Public Policy from Forman Christian College.

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