Shaista Bukhari


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Name: Shaista Bukhari
Shaista was born and raised in Multan. Her father died while she was in college, leaving her family under considerable financial duress. Shaista was urged to get married as soon as possible, so she accepted the proposal of a man twenty years her senior. After five months of marriage, her husband suddenly passed away. When her mother-in-law blamed her for his death, Shaista was left without any share of her husband’s property, and no legal resources to turn to. At this point she realized the importance of economic independence in conservative societies like southern Punjab. She returned home, and after several months of looking for work, she acquired a contract managing the canteen at a local school. The rewarding experience of running the canteen gave Shaista confidence, and she began to work with local crafts-women. She organized a group of these women and founded a business for embroidering clothes. Her experience working with the women taught her that economic independence was also a significant means of reducing a women’s susceptibility to domestic violence: A lesson that ultimately led her to found the Women Rights Association in 1999. She credits the unconditional support of her brother and sisters for enabling her to overcome the difficulties of establishing a progressive organization in such an environment. Shaista later took a training course with the Social Development and Policy Institute, Pakistan’s leading non-governmental social research institute. She conducted research and surveys to validate her hypothesis that a leading cause of the high domestic violence rates in southern Punjab and other socially conservative regions had to do with women’s economic dependency. This finding led WRA to design strategies to financially empower poor women living in and on the outskirts of Multan, and through economic independence enhance their social status.

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Mar 09, 2016 / 0 Comments / in Economic development

Recognizing the link between domestic violence and economic insecurity, Shaista Bukhari is helping women in Pakistan's region of Punjab to engage in entrepreneurial activities. Through her Women Rights Association, she provides access to social capital, networking opportunities, business trainings, and other resources, while encouraging participants to come up with innovative ideas for new ventures. She then works with women to identify and select a market niche, develop products, and create partnerships for the purchase of raw materials and distribution.

Oct 09, 2013 / 0 Comments / in Human Rights, Gender equity, Economic development

بإدراكها للعلاقة بين العنف المنزلي وانعدام الأمان الاقتصادي، تساعد شايستا بخاري النساء في إقليم بونجاب بباكستان على الاشتراك في أنشطة ريادة الأعمال. من خلال جمعيتها لحقوق المرأة، توفر إمكانية الوصول إلى رأس المال الاجتماعي وفرص الاشتراك في الشبكات وفرص التدريب العملية وغيرها من الموارد وفي نفس الوقت تشجع المشاركين على توليد أفكار مبتكرة لمشروعات جديدة.

Sep 24, 2013 / 0 Comments / in Human Rights, Gender equity, Economic development

Shaista Bukhari aide les femmes de la région du Punjab au Pakistan, à se lancer dans des activités d'entreprenariat.Par le truchement de son Association pour les Droits des Femmes, elle procure un accès au capital social, des opportunités de réseau, des formations professionnelles et d'autres ressources, tout en encourageant les participants à réfléchir à des idées innovantes pour de nouvelles initiatives.

Sep 12, 2013 / 1 Comments / in Architecture, Design, Housing, Urban development

KOUNKUEY DESIGN INITIATIVE (KDI) transforms impoverished communities by collaborating with residents to create low-cost, high-impact built environments (Productive Public Spaces) that improve their daily lives. Begun in 2006, KDI is an innovative international partnership specializing in the practices of architecture, landscape architecture, engineering, and urban planning. KDI believes that participatory planning and design are key to sustainable development.