Ms. Anbreen Ajaib is a known women’s rights activist based in Islamabad. She is working in the development sector for last 23 years and her experience ranges from the grass roots level to the senior management level. She is currently heading a women’s rights organization called Bedari. She has two Masters’ degrees i.e., M.A. in Human Rights and Social Justice from London, UK and M.Sc. in Psychology from Islamabad.
Anbreen has worked with national and international organizations in different capacities. Major areas of work include gender sensitive strategic planning and program development, women’s rights in humanitarian settings, gender-based violence against women and girls, women’s political empowerment, advocacy for policy reforms for women and girls’ rights, Ending Child marriages, Girls’ education, training on gender and contemporary management themes, and working with parliamentarians for policy reforms. Anbreen has been teaching as visiting faculty at different universities in Islamabad and Rawalpindi to the students of Masters’ degree.
Anbreen is currently member of different national and international fora as advisor/coordinator. This includes Member of Global Advisory Group of Girls Not Bride Alliance, former Coordinator of Child Rights Movement, and former Co-Chair of Ending Violence against Women. Coming from a rural background of district Chakwal, Anbreen carries her own experiences of development issues and strengths of rural areas.
Anbreen’s work has been published. Paper on “Addressing Violence against Girls in and out of School” was published in a book titled “Combating Gender-based Violence at Schools” edited by professor Fiona Leach of University of Sussex. The publication “Youth Strategy Paper” was printed by Action Aid. A paper on “Early marriages of girls; a comparative analysis of India Pakistan and Bangladesh” and another paper of her titled “Women’s Political Participation during Election 2013” was published by Strengthening Participatory Organization. Her upcoming publication is on ending Child Marriages, which is in process.