SEW-EGAP (SEPLAA Empowering Women for Economic Growth & Peace) Women Empowerment Program announced its second SEWEGAP Power Woman for 2016: Aisha Sarwari.
Aisha has a 12 year experience ranging from the private sector to the government sector in the US and Pakistan.
In the development sector she has worked with USAID’s Competitive Support Fund under which she was posted in the Pakistan Board of Investment. She also worked with USAID’s Agribusiness Project, a USD 94 million project primed to boost agriculture sector through value chains, creating market linkages and enhancing capacity building of farmers though technology and best practices. She was with the USAID Training for Pakistan Project, a USD 34 million project aimed towards training Pakistanis in 5 sectors.
In addition to having a Communications forte, Aisha has an understanding about focused inclusion of women in development and private sector. She has worked as a Communications advisor for the International Federation for Business and Professional Women (BPW). While on this engagement, she developed a deep understanding of the principles of women’s empowerment globally.
Aisha writes on women’s issues for the past 10 years in her columns in Daily Times, Dawn and Express Tribune. She focuses on women’s rights. Her opinions have also featured internationally in the Guardian and on National Public Radio. She has also written a book called Navigating Pakistani Feminism – Fight by Fight.
She had a degree in Media (Radio, TV and Film) with a minor in Business Administration from San Jose State University, California, USA where she was a Dean’s scholar.