Shazia Z. Rafi
Shazia Z. Rafi is former Secretary-General of Parliamentarians for Global Action (PGA) from 1996-2013 and was the first woman on the ballot and runner-up finalist for the Inter-Parliamentary Union Secretary-General election. Born in Lahore, Pakistan, she graduated from Bryn Mawr College and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. She lives in New York City and her website is www.shaziarafi.com.
Shazia Z. Rafi is a WMC SheSource expert on international security, arms control, international law, international treaties, international women’s rights, international human rights policy and violations, political Islam, Africa, Asia, diplomacy, environment, international issues, Middle East and North Africa, politics, and religion.
While women still lag behind men by almost any economic measure, Shazia Rafi reports that all over the world, advocates are building momentum to bring us closer to equality. More »
The goal from Beijing was for women to be 30 percent of the world’s leaders. We’re not there yet. More »
Thanks in part to the unprecedented leadership and persistence of women, today marks the passage of a global Arms Trade Treaty. More »
As parliament considers a law to roll back abortion rights, women in Spain are trying a novel approach to assert ownership of their bodies. More »
The author, secretary-general of Parliamentarians for Global Action, explains how pre-election timidity has caused the United States to stymie an international effort to regulate the dangerous arms trade industry. More »
Upon the appointment of Michelle Bachelet to head the UN's promising new women's agency, Shazia Z. Rafi, secretary-general of Parliamentarians for Global Action, explains how an international coalition of women effectively negotiated the UN power process to get us to this point. More »
The Pakhtuns of Afghanistan and across the border in Pakistan haven’t always rejected influences from the West. The author suggests that Alexander the Great’s success in the 4th Century B.C. may hold a key to integrating Afghanistan into the international community—in a way that would help protect and empower women in the region. More »
The author, a Pakistan-born New Yorker, connects our collective sorrow on 9/11 to what terrorism and its aftermath continue to take away. More »
Protecting schoolgirls forced to face down the Taliban mob in the Swat valley—education is the place to start, writes the author, toward an equitable and secure future. More »