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Shazia Z. Rafi

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. 

Articles

Featured Columns

Taking Stock of Women in Media Globally

June 18, 2015

The UN and other international groups are taking a look at the status of women in the media at a time of crisis for freedom of expression and journalist safety. More »

New UN Report Says Women Still Far From Pay Equity

April 29, 2015

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 »

Who Runs the World?

Who Runs the World?

March 26, 2015

The goal from Beijing was for women to be 30 percent of the world’s leaders. We’re not there yet. More »

The World Agrees: No Right to Bear Unregulated Arms

The World Agrees: No Right to Bear Unregulated Arms

September 25, 2014

Thanks in part to the unprecedented leadership and persistence of women, today marks the passage of a global Arms Trade Treaty. More »

Laying Claim to Our Bodies

Laying Claim to Our Bodies

May 7, 2014

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 »

Treaty to Control Arms Trade Derailed For Now

Treaty to Control Arms Trade Derailed For Now

August 7, 2012

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 »

The UN Steps Up to Women's Rights Challenges

The UN Steps Up to Women's Rights Challenges

September 23, 2010

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 »

Bactria Revisited: Does Alexander Have Lessons for Obama in Afghanistan?

Bactria Revisited: Does Alexander Have Lessons for Obama in Afghanistan?

April 16, 2010

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 »

September 12th—The Long Day After

September 12th—The Long Day After

September 14, 2009

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 »

Pakistan’s Little Rock Nine

August 6, 2009

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 »

Camelot Revisited—What’s Lost in Pakistan

January 15, 2008

WMC Commentary: “Charlie Wilson’s War” and Pakistan at a Crossroads

December 3, 2007

Benazir Bhutto—Will a Third Term Be the Charm?

October 8, 2007