Speakers at the event, including APF's Aleeza Ali (center back row)

APF partnered wi th the Family Education Services Foundation ( FESF),   Deaf Reach, and the Man Up Campaign  to participate in the  United Nations  Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) Session , the UN's largest gathering on gender equality.  CSW is an intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women.

The CSW is instrumental in promoting women's rights, documenting the reality of women's lives throughout the world, and shaping global standards on gender equality and the empowerment of women. The focus of the gathering was on the theme, "Challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls."

APF, FESF, and Deaf Reach partnered on a UN CSW side event, "Take on the Real Challenge of SDGs" with stakeholders from Australia, the Philippines, India, Ghana and beyond.

Aleeza Ali represented APF, FESF, and Developments in Literacy (DIL) at the event, where she gave a speech on gender equality in Pakistan and spoke about her personal reasons for supporting this cause. She stated "we can all agree that women and girls are at the heart of the sustainable development of households and communities," and spoke on the successes of initiatives that have adopted implementation of the SDGs in regard to education and disability inclusion in Pakistan.

APF Team Member, Nusrat Sohail Brought Students  to Participate

Spotlight on Family Educational Services Foundation (FESF)

Family Educational Services Foundation (FESF) is a non-profit educational organization active in Pakistan since 1984. FESF is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for all members of the community, especially those who are disadvantaged. We invest in educational development and provide innovative training programs, developmental tools and services to enable recipients to gain competency and self-sufficiency, empowering them to reach their full potential.

Learn more: http://www.fesf.org.pk

Spotlight on Developments in Literacy - DIL

Developments in Literacy (DIL) believes no child in Pakistan, no matter how poor or underprivileged, should be denied access to quality education. DIL educates and empowers underprivileged students, especially girls, by operating schools based on a student centered model and providing high-quality professional development to teachers and principals across Pakistan.   The learning environments in each of the 134 DIL schools and the emphasis on activity-based learning showcase DIL's focus on supporting student's ability to think critically, creatively, and collaboratively.

Learn more:  http://www.dil.org/ 

Meet the Speaker

A leeza Ali  was born in Washington D.C. and raised with a strong passion for politics, service, and diplomacy. She is currently a B.A. candidate at George Mason University, studying Global Affairs and Conflict Resolution. While at George Mason, Aleeza has served as a Peacebuilding Fellow at the School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution at APF. Through her coursework and strong connection with Pakistan, and more broadly South Asia, Aleeza also served as an Adviser to the Permanent Mission of Pakistan to the United Nations. Her interests include cross-cultural diplomacy, international development, education and gender equality. Aleeza is also an art enthusiast and avid reader. Having been a part of APF for the past two years, Aleeza is excited to continue to serve the organization as an APF Fellow in Islamabad, where she hopes to combine her school and professional experience while working with NRSP.