Current State of Women in Labor Force

Launching ceremony of two national research studies ‘Situation Analysis of Domestic Workers in Pakistan’ and ‘Female Labor Force Survey’ was held in Lahore. DSF team comprising Masarrat Misbah, Ayesha Taslim and Yasmeen Zahoor participated. The research studies were commissioned under the national project of International Labor Organization (ILO) ‘Promoting Gender Equality for Decent Employment’. The domestic workers constitute a large part of the labor force in Pakistan, however non availability of comprehensive data and in depth understanding of their working conditions limit the ability to identify key needs and ensure appropriate legislative and…continue reading →

All about DSF

I was humbled by the invitation from Dar-e-arqam, the first islamic all girls college. The event organized was named “ilm humari pehchan, Pakistan meri jaan”. It was undoubtedly very well oragnized, the faculty as well as the students were extremely warm hearted and gave a open armed welcome. It was remarkable to see the discipline at the event, it was so well managed. Such gatherings give immense pleasure, it is extremely fulfilling to see how the young generations realizes how valuable they are for the future of this country. The girls from another…continue reading →

Independence media activities

This month has been quite eventful so far, because it was my beloved country’s Independence Day. Several channels approached me to invite me on their shows for the Independence Day to talk about the Depilex Smileagain Foundation and its cause.  I was recently invited to a dinner in Karachi, which was hosted by Mr and Mrs. Misbah Udin Khan; it was held in collaboration with doctors from both Pakistan and Germany. The doctors, who represented Pakistan, included Dr. Muhammad Ali Javed, Dr. Tahir, Dr. Jameel Bhatti and Dr. Khurshid Alam. The German doctors…continue reading →

Acid Throwing Offenders to be Hanged

Channel 5 Khabrain studio in Lahore arranged a forum to discuss the rising incidents of violence against women with special focus on acid throwing incidents. Representatives from different walks of life including politicians, medical doctors, lawyers, social workers were invited to participate. Yasmeen Zahoor, Mariam and two acid burn victims; Kulsoom and Naureen joined the discussion on behalf of DSF. The moderator presented a brief of violence against women in Pakistan. The participants condemned all forms of violence against women and attributed the lack of implementation of law to be the major hurdle…continue reading →

Fund Raising in Australia

Very successful fund raising events were organized through DSF volunteer supporters in Australia. Ayesha Bux and her team lined up events in Melbourne and Sydney which led to raise considerable amounts for surgeries of acid burn victims. DSF team comprising Masarrat Misbah, Ayesha Taslim, Sabira Sultana and Farayal Gouhar travelled to manage the events. In Melbourne Masarrat Misbah gave personal grooming and makeup sessions to registered entrants at two different venues in the city. A Play ‘Khali Kamra’ written directed and produced by Faryal Gouhar was staged to a house full audience. The…continue reading →

Leadership Marathon

Students of LUMS (University of Management Sciences) organized the annual flagship event in the campus of Suleman Daood School of Business. Masarrat Misbah and Ayesha Taslim participated in the event. Masarrat Misbah was invited as guest speaker. The guest speakers included, Walid Iqbal, Umair Raana and Mohammad Hafeez (Former captain of Pakistan cricket team). The speakers highlighted the topic from various angles. Leadership qualities were enumerated as honesty, confidence, commitment, positive attitude, intuition and ability to inspire. Alexander the great, Nelson Mandela, and Mohammad Ali Jinnah were quoted as great leaders. Relating to…continue reading →


International Development Conference 2015: ConflictED was held in Waterloo University, Canada. Masarrat Misbah and Ayesha Taslim participated in the conference. Masarrat Misbah was the keynote speaker. The other international speakers included Dr Nathan Funk, Associated Professor in Peace and Conflict Studies, Rayan Aldred, President Canadian International Learning, Lucy Strictland from World Vision International’s Global Education in EmergenciesSspecialist based in Geneva, Isa Saadi Embombolo, Founder of Peace Club in Zambia, Sara Kamal, Social Development Specialist with a vast experience of working in Nacaragua, Uganda, Canada and Iran, Rozana Alrawas, a volunteer student who has…continue reading →

Voicing Tales of Acid Burn Women

Pakistan Institute of Fashion and Design (PIFD) is one of the leading institutes imparting Fashion and design education in Pakistan. Various departments impart quality education in fashion and design related fields. The Jewelry Design and Gemological Sciences Department aims to bring delicacy, innovation and creativity in the designing of jewelry. The department equips the students with the specialized knowledge of the field to handle and manage all sorts of gems. Dua Fatima, a student of final year focused her thesis on voicing tales of acid burn women. Her conceptual jewelry products seek to…continue reading →

Women Leadership Summit

Pakistan’s leading conference management organization Nutshell Forum hosted Women Leadership Summit at Pearl Continental Hotel, Lahore. The chosen Theme for this summit was “New Age Leadership: The Gender of Talent”. 400 plus delegates were engaged in this summit with good mix of gender from different countries of Middle East and South Asia. 40-member delegations from India also attend this summit including renowned women leaders from different sectors. Masarrat Misbah and Ayesha Taslim participated in the Summit as DSF representatives. Various sessions highlighted key aspects of the theme. Masarrat Misbah was part of a…continue reading →

Startup Expo

Depilex Smileagain Foundation was invited at the Annual Startup Expo at Pak China Friendship Center, Islamabad. Masarrat Misbah and Ayesha Taslim participated. Featuring 100 Startups from different categories not only showcased their products but also competed amongst each other for ten exclusive awards. The products and services were displayed to the people from all walks of life including corporate, entrepreneurs, academia, civil society and families. The ceremony included high profile speakers, mentoring sessions from seasoned entrepreneurs, panel discussions with gurus and startup award ceremony at the end. Speaking on the occasion Masarrat Misbah…continue reading →