Yumna has over nine years of experience in the development sector, in areas of program development, project management and communications. She completed her master’s degree in public policy and governance in 2019, from Australian National University, Canberra, under the Australia Award Scholarship Program. She is a fellow of the Legislative Fellowship Program for India and Pakistan, organized by the U.S. Department of State, for policy makers and development practioners. She is a development consultant and is currently working as a researcher in Rozan- NGO that works on gender-based violence, women and children rights. Previously she has worked in different NGOs such as Akhter Hameed Khan Resource Center, Devolution Trust for Community Empowerment (DTCE) and LEAD Pakistan working in areas of women leadership, education, health and rule of law. She has also been affiliated with Radio Pakistan since 2010, working for Planet 94 and FM101 radio station as a radio host, voice over artist and content writer, hosting shows on literature, art and social issues. She is also a public speaker and trainer in communications and leadership. Currently she is the lead trainer and mentor for Girls4Girls program- initiative of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government with a mission to “Empower Girls”.
Her social enterprise is about a digital platform that will showcase audio, visual podcasts, blogs and case studies about challenges faced by women, regarding gender, health and economic empowerment.
The aim is to highlight and record stories of grass root women, stories of ordinary women who are facing challenges at the personal, social and community level.
We hope to build local knowledge and understanding of these issues, so that we can think about solutions that are embedded in the local context .
this initiative will lead to more focused advocacy and policy solutions , driven by evidence based learning, as a result of data collection of local grass root stories.