Ms. Nida Usman Chaudhary holds LL.B (Hons) and LL.M in Law & Development from University of London. She is the Founder of Lahore Education And Research Network (LEARN) and Women in Law Initiative Pakistan. Currently, she is also serving as the Chairperson of the Gender Equality and Diversity Committee of the Lahore High Court Bar Association and the Country Ambassador for Alliance for Equality in Dispute Resolution. She has been at the forefront of bringing the notion of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) in law to Pakistan through her engagement as the Vice Principal and Director of International Programmes at School of Law, Lahore in 2013.
She has considerable counseling and academic experience and has been teaching law since 2005. She occasionally contributes articles on legal issues to newspapers and academic blogs and is an internationally published author of several papers on investment law. She was also engaged to give her legal opinion on BITS and conduct capacity building sessions on international investment laws for the Punjab Board of Investment and Trade (PBIT) when she was working at RSIL, Pakistan.
She combines her professional interests in law and human rights with her activism on environmental and development issues. She was the head of the 'Human Rights Society' at the University College Lahore and has been very actively involved with the Lahore Bachao Tehreek (Save Lahore Movement).
Nida is interested in promoting and cultivating understanding between people of the world for a more tolerant and peaceful society. She believes education needs to play a more potent role in developing and nourishing young minds so that the progressive, green and peaceful world that we aspire can become a reality for all. It is towards that end that she is now working.
Core Team Member
Waiza Rafique is an advocate and a member of Youth Provincial Assembly Punjab. She has done LL.B, Post Graduate Diploma in International Affairs and in Banking Laws with distinctions. She regularly writes for different newspapers and online portals and is often invited by media to speak on socio-political and legal issues. She has worked with various organisations like PILDAT, RSIL, Pakistan Consumers Bureau and international organisations for social welfare and youth empowerment.
She co-hosts the legal show 'women in law' based on our initiative with Ms. Nida Usman Chaudhary on Just1 web tv.
Ms. Anoshay Fazal is associated with Lahore Education and Research Network. She holds an LL.B (Hons) degree and LL.M from University of London. She does freelance research work mainly on the environment, refugees and human rights. Her research experience with professors from LUMS spans over 5 years. She is Currently working on our policy paper on harassment.
Maryam Salman – Core Team Member
Maryam Salman, LL.B (Hons.) - University of London (International Programmes) Bar-at-Law - Inns of Court School of Law. She is a member of the Honourable Society of Lincoln's Inn and Advocate of the High Court of Pakistan. Maryam is adjunct faculty at Kinnaird College for Women. She is the Vice Chairperson of the Gender Equality and Diversity Committee of the Lahore High Court Bar Association. She has experience in corporate law including research, rendering opinions, drafting and working on due diligence projects and appears in the High Court for civil, corporate, commercial, banking and family cases.
Maryam has been instrumental in taking LEARN forward and her contribution to the network in a very short span of time has been most valuable. She was the co-organizer of the recent Violence Against Women Conference by LEARN in association with UN Women Pakistan. She has also contributed to our Law Students Meet and is working on the 'Equality is a State of Mind' project under LEARN. She has also helped conduct our roundtable discussion on 'Understanding Harassment' at the Lahore High Court in 2018. LEARN benefits immensely from her input and dedication to this network.
Maria Chaudhry – Core Team Member
Maria holds LL.B (Hons) from University of London and LL.M from Queen Mary, UK. She has a teaching experience of over 8 years. She has been involved in international research projects and manages our conferences and events. She is also involved in our women in law series and has been advising us on the women in law network since its inception in 2016.
Alizeh Akbar – Student Ambassador/Volunteer
Alizeh is a young budding law student of University of London External Programmes (TMUC.) She has worked tirelessly with Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) specifically for women’s Rights. She has headed youth based internship programs for the underprivileged children, women, as well as the Khawaja Sira community. Alizeh’s time as a legal intern at AGHS has added greatly to her legal experience. She has also volunteered her time for our Violence against Women Conference in association with UN women Pakistan and was a core team member at the Asma Jahangir: Empowerment for Justice Conference 2018. She is a dedicated, self-motivated, young professional and we immensely value her contribution to our various managerial tasks.
Hafsa Ahmad – Project Director (Women Lawyers’ Databank)
Hafsa S. Ahmad has a Bachelors in Economics from Middlebury College and an LLB (Hons) from the University of London. She practices as an Advocate in Lahore, doing both civil litigation and transactional work. She also teaches and coaches mooting at University College Lahore. She has worked with the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, LUMS and various international civil rights organizations.
She is the director for our 'Women Lawyers' Databank' project.