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Designation:Independent Researcher

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Ms. Hussain is a Lahore-based development researcher with a focus on women and development. In that context she has written extensively on women, development and poverty alleviation.

Since 2014 she has been working on the second volume of her book on Afghan women. The first one was published in 2005. One of the objectives being that  a number  of women interviewed previously have undergone dramatic changes in their personal lives and in some cases gone on to make significant contribution to Afghan society as they continue to struggle for peace and harmony.

In 2012/ 2013 she worked on the Kalash community’s  environmental and cultural aspects, development, empowerment, employment  and gender issues. Last year she did a presentation on Kalash at the French Centre titled “Kalash: protecting people and preserving the heritage”. In 2011 she worked with the Women and Children Legal Research Foundation (WCLRF) which is based in Kabul. She has co-authored the report with an Afghan colleague focusing on women’s economic rights (right to heritage, property and land) by conducting a research on the issue.


From 2008 to 2011 she took part in various projects; these included co-authoring a study for Sungi (NGO) on home based workers in south Punjab, a project for WWF and the BCI for the cotton workers in South Punjab, Menonite Enterprise Development Associates (MEDA), Fair Trade Labelling Organisation and a research assignment with UNIDO on the various facets of the soccer ball industry in Sialkot.

In the aftermath of the devastating October 2005 earth quake in Pakistan, she organized an effective relief campaign and donated funds and relief goods to the Rural Support Network Program (RSPN).

Before this she was part of a project regarding a Health Assessment in the Palas Valley, worked as a Research Assistant at the LUMS-McGill NGO Management Program in 2001, worked on a project comprising a book on Afghan case studies titled, “Afghan Women: tales of sorrow and hope”, worked with SDPI on a project to improve the working conditions of cotton workers in south Punjab and in Sindh, was involved with the RSPN in doing focus group discussions and worked on the UNDP project on the evaluation of  the Devolution Trust for Community Empowerment (DTCE). She also worked with Peter Lund-Thomson, Assistant Professor of Environment in the Copenhagen Business School on a health report and wrote articles in newspapers in 2007.

                                                                                               (Updated On November 2014)