Gulalai Ismail (International Judge of Asian Girls’ Rights Award 2013 & 2014)

South Asia_Pakistan_Gulalai IsmailSouth Asian Gulalai Ismail, is a feminist working for the empowerment of young women and peace-building in the most difficult parts of Pakistan. 10 years ago, at the age of 16, with other young women fellows she initiated “Aware Girls”; a young women-led organization working for the empowerment of young women by strengthening their leadership capacity and enabling them to work for social change and women’s empowerment, and advocate for equal access of women to health, education, governance, political participation, and other social services. Her key working areas are Strengthening Leadership Skills among Young Women, Political Participation of Young Women, HIV/AIDS Prevention among Girls and Women, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, and Peace. She is involved with different national and international networks and organizations in different capacities to promote Peace, Gender Equality, and Equity. She has served as the co-Chairperson of Youth Advocacy Network working on Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights of Young People; Board member of WGNRR (Women Global Network on Reproductive Rights), and is serving as the Member of Gender Working Group of UNOY (United Network of Young Peacebuilders), member of IHEYO (International Humanistic and Ethical Youth Alliance). She received Global YouthActionNet Fellowship 2009 and Paragon Fellowship 2010 for her efforts to promote HIV prevention awareness among young women of rural areas, she is a finalist of SMK: Sheila McKechnie Awards for her efforts in moderating extremism among young people. She has received the very esteemed HOW Fellowship in 2011-2012. On the 17th of July, 2013, Gulalai will receive the 2013 Democracy Award in the US Congress. She and her sister, Saba Ismail, was also named by Foreign Policy as one of the 100 leading Global Thinkers of 2013.

Human Resources Organization (HRO)

Human Resources Organization (HRO) is a non-profit, non-governmental, and secular registered organization formed and led by young and professional well-educated activists of KPK (Pakistan) in 2008. The motto of the organization is “Working for Human Welfare” because the founders and pioneers of the organization have passion to support humanity and take some serious steps for the welfare of their community.

HRO started its work with human empowerment and began small community-based educational institutes within private schools where students were getting free computer and language courses. They also began offering scholarships for poor students with partnerships of different Education Institutes in the Free Education Program. HRO worked on giving skill-bases training like cellphone repair and beautician courses for poor students, child labors, and street beggars so as to improve their life style.

Today, HRO is working as a leader for other small-level organizations. The organization has also started work on some more initiatives such as advocacy and capacity building for SRHR and HIV/AIDS. HRO is more actively working on awareness campaigns against drugs and for harm reduction through different media and networks with strong support from younger generations. HRO involve youth in policy making dialogues and giving them more support to raise their voices for their rights.

Vision: Human Resources Organization envision a healthy, educated, social and peaceful world where people live with love, harmony, and have equal human rights.

Mission:  The mission of HRO is to promote community for a social change by providing quality free education and empowering people, especially younger people, for future challenges. The organization plans to raise the capacity of people and help them advocate for their rights.

Goals and Objectives of the Organization:

  • Promotion of Education in community for young people and children, by organizing special free education programs, skill-based training, and also providing scholarships to poor and talented students
  • Working for Human Rights and with a special focus on Women’s and Youth Rights
  • Promote awareness and work on SRHR and HIV/AIDS through raising capacity of young people and also through campaigns and advocacy programs
  • Strong support of the Anti-Drug and Harm Reduction issues and will work for them by raising and strengthening the capacity of people about these issues
  • Promote Peace by working for capacity building and conflict resolution.

Organization Focus:

  • Education
  • Youth
  • Human Rights (specifically youth and women’s rights)
  • Peace and Harmony
  • Drugs and Harm Reduction

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