Ayesha Khan

Academic Background


MA South Asian Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies, UK.
BA Philosophy, Yale University, US.

Research Experience

Ayesha has been part of the Collective as a Senior Researcher since 2001. Her work covers a range of issues, in particular gender and development, social policy and conflict/refugee issues in the region. She has extensive experience in qualitative research design. Ayesha worked as a journalist in international radio, local television, newspapers and magazines from 1990-96. She was a visiting fellow at The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists in 1998 working on peace in South Asia, and researched the effect of conflict on women in a study for which she was awarded a MacArthur Foundation Research and Writing Grant. More recently, she researched the effects of paid work on women's empowerment in Pakistan as part of a multi-country UK government-funded study on Pathways to Women's Empowerment, and led a study on induced abortions in Pakistan. She is currently working on a mapping and assessment of child protection services and policies in the country.

Research Interests

Women's issues with particular reference to Pakistan and Afghanistan, conflict, reproductive health, and paid work.


Reports and Publications at the Collective

1.
Ayesha Khan, Where Does the Global Women’s Movement Go Now? Collective Blog. December 2019.
     
2.
Ayesha Khan, Reproductive rights. Collective Blog. June 2019.
     
3.
Ayesha Khan, Women activists and their turn to the courts. Collective Blog. May 2019.
     
4.
Mariz Tadros and Ayesha Khan, Beyond the Religious/Secular Binary Trap: Keeping the Focus on Gender Equality. IDS Policy Briefing 165, Brighton: Institute of Development Studies. April 2019.
     
5.
Ayesha Khan and Sana Naqvi, Empowering Women Politicians in Pakistan: Views from Within. IDS Policy Briefing 168, Brighton: Institute of Development Studies. April 2019.
     
6.
Ayesha Khan and Sana Naqvi, Women in Politics: Gaining Ground for Progressive Outcomes in Pakistan. IDS Working Paper 519, Brighton: Institute of Development Studies. November 2018.
     
7.
Ayesha Khan and Nida Kirmani, Moving Beyond the Binary: Gender-based Activism in Pakistan. Feminist Dissent, Issue 3, pages 151-191. November 2018.
     
8.
Ayesha Khan, Hina Jilani on the value of the rights discourse in the context of political Islam: Excerpts from an interview with Ayesha Khan. Feminist Dissent, Issue 3, pages 240-247. November 2018.
     
9.
Mariz Tadros and Ayesha Khan, Challenging Binaries to Promote Women's Equality: Introduction to Special Issue. Feminist Dissent, Issue 3, pages 1-22. November 2018.
     
10.
Ayesha Khan, How Aid has helped Pakistan’s Women’s Movement achieve Political Breakthroughs. Blog. October 2018.
Keywords: Aid, Gender, Politics
     
11.
Ayesha Khan, Which is worse: corruption or misogyny? Collective Blog. August 2018.
     
12.
Ayesha Khan, Rest in Power, Asma Jahangir. Collective Blog. February 2018.
     
13.
Ayesha Khan, Pakistani politics: Where are the women? Collective Blog. October 2017.
Keywords: Politics, Women
     
14.
Ayesha Khan, Pakistan's Jirgas: Buying Peace at the Expense of Women's Rights? Collective Blog. July 2017.
     
15.
Haris Gazdar and Ayesha Khan, Coercion Inside the Home. Collective Blog. August 2016.
     
16.
Haris Gazdar and Ayesha Khan, Bonded Labour in Domestic Work and Begging. in A. Qureshi and A. Khan eds. Bonded Labour in Pakistan. Oxford University Press. August 2016.
Keywords: Labour
     
17.
Ayesha Khan, The Price of Political Islam. Collective Blog. December 2015.
     
18.
Ayesha Khan, Samar Zuberi, Rashid Mehmood and Rabia Khan, Best Practices in Girls' Enrolment in Pakistan. The Citizens Foundation: A Case Study. August 2015.
Keywords: Education, Gender, Women
     
19.
Ayesha Khan, Samar Zuberi, Rashid Mehmood and Rabia Khan, Best Practices in Girls' Enrolment in Pakistan. The Citizens Foundation: A Case Study. Research Report. August 2015.
Keywords: Education, Gender, Women
     
20.
Ayesha Khan, Bringing Real Change for Women. Collective Blog. April 2015.
Keywords: Development, Gender
     
21.
Ayesha Khan, DNA and the Pursuit of Justice. Collective Blog. January 2015.
     
22.
Ayesha Khan, "The black spot on the radiant face of Islam" : Muslim Family Laws Ordinances 1961. Collective Blog. October 2014.
Keywords: Gender, Legislation
     
23.
Naila Kabeer and Ayesha Khan, Cultural Values or Universal Rights? Women's Narratives of Compliance and Contestation in Urban Afghanistan. Feminist Economics, Volume 20, Issue 3, 1 -24. June 2014.
Keywords: Gender
          
24.
Ayesha Khan, Paid Work as a Pathway of Empowerment: Pakistan's Lady Health Worker Programme. in A. Cornwall and J. Edwards, eds. Feminisms, Empowerment and Development: Changing Women's Lives. London. Zed Books. March 2014.
Keywords: Gender, Health
     
25.
Ayesha Khan, Reproductive Health Knowledge and Perceptions: A Rapid Assessment in Four Villages in Sindh. Indus Resource Centre, Karachi. February 2014.
     
26.
Ayesha Khan, Induced Abortion in Pakistan: Community-Based Research. Journal of Pakistan Medical Association, vol.63, no.4 (Suppl 3), pp. S27-S32. April 2013.
     
27.
Ayesha Khan, Asad Sayeed, Fatima Haider and Sidra Kamran, Child Protection System Mapping and Assessment 2013 - Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa. UNICEF. March 2013.
     
28.
Ayesha Khan, Asad Sayeed, Saba Shaikh, Asad Jamal and Sidra Kamran, Child Protection System Mapping and Assessment 2013 - Punjab. UNICEF. January 2013.
     
29.
Asad Sayeed, Ayesha Khan, Fatima Haider and Sidra Kamran, Child Protection System Mapping and Assessment - Sindh. UNICEF. December 2012.
     
30.
Asad Sayeed, Ayesha Khan and Sidra Kamran, Child Protection System Mapping and Assessment - Balochistan. UNICEF. December 2012.
     
31.
Ayesha Khan, Democracy and Women's Rights: Pakistan's Progress (2007-2012). Pakistan NGO Alternative Report on CEDAW 2005-2009 (With Updated Notes 2009-2012). Islamabad: Aurat Foundation Publication and Information Service. 2012.
32.
Ayesha Khan, Social Science Research and Engagement in Pakistan. in A. B. Tickner and D. L. Blaney, eds., Thinking International Relations Differently. London and New York: Routledge. 2012.
33.
Haris Gazdar, Ayesha Khan and Saman Qureshi, Causes and Implications of Induced Abortion in Pakistan: A Social and Economic Analysis. Karachi. Collective for Social Science Research. June 2012.
     
34.
Ayesha Khan and Sarah Zaman, The Criminal Justice System and Rape: An Attitudinal Study of the Public Sector's Response to Rape in Karachi. War Against Rape (WAR) and Collective for Social Science Research. 2012.
Keywords: Gender
     
35.
Ayesha Khan, Age at Marriage and Child-bearing in Pakistan. Social Science and Policy Bulletin, Lahore School of Management Sciences, vol. 2 no.3: 13-18. 2011.
36.
Ayesha Khan and Saman Qureshi, Researching Forced Migration in Pakistan: An Introduction to Research Ethics, Quantitative and Qualitative Methods. Community Appraisal and Motivation Programme. 2011. Islamabad: CAMP. 2011.
     
37.
Naila Kabeer, Ayesha Khan and Naysan Adlparvar, Afghan Values or Women's Rights? Gendered Narratives about Continuity and Change in Urban Afghanistan. IDS Working Paper 387, Brighton. Institute for Development Studies, University of Sussex. December 2011.
Keywords: Gender
     
38.
Ayesha Khan, Lady Health Worker and Social Changes in Pakistan. Volume 46 No.30. Economic and Political Weekly. July 23, 2011.
Keywords: Gender
     
39.
Ayesha Khan, Women and Paid Work in Pakistan in F. Azim and M. Sultan, eds. Mapping Women's Empowerment. Experiences from Bangladesh, India and Pakistan Dhaka: University Press Limited (UPL) and BRAC Development Institute (BDI) 2010
Keywords: Gender, Labour
     
40.
Haris Gazdar, Ayesha Khan and Saman Qureshi, Measuring the Economic Costs of Unsafe Abortion Mortality and Morbidity in Pakistan: Preliminary Findings and Survey Design. Collective For Social Science Research, Karachi. January 2010.
Keywords: Health, Gender
41.
Ayesha Khan, Using the Event Cycle Approach for Research and Programmes, Resource Brief No.2. Collective for Social Science Research, Karachi. June 2009.
Keywords: Health, Gender
     
42.
Ayesha Khan, Unsafe Abortion-Related Morbidity and Mortality in Pakistan: Findings from a Literature Review. Research Output No. 2. Collective for Social Science Research, Karachi. March 2009.
Keywords: Health, Gender
     
43.
Ayesha Khan, Women's Empowerment and the Lady Health Worker Programme in Pakistan. Collective for Social Science Research, Karachi. December 2008.
Keywords: Gender, Health, Labour
     
44.
Ayesha Khan, Haris Gazdar and Shama Mohammed, Measuring the Economic Costs of Unsafe Abortion Related Morbidity and Mortality in Pakistan: A Review of Methodology and Approach. Research Output No.1. Collective for Social Science Research, Karachi. November 2008.
Keywords: Health, Gender
     
45.
Ayesha Khan, The Relevance of Research: Social Science as Local/Global Resistance. International Studies Association, Chicago, Illinois. 2007.
Keywords: Caste, Gender, Poverty
     
46.
Ayesha Khan, Women and Paid Work in Pakistan. Collective for Social Science Research, Karachi. March 2007.
Keywords: Labour, Gender
     
47.
Ayesha Khan, Deja vu: The Fantasy of Being Military Rule in Pakistan. in eds. R. Riley and N. Inayatullah, Interrogating Imperialism: Conversations on Gender, Race and War. Palgrave Macmillan, New York. 2007.
     
48.
The Collective Team, Afghans in Pakistan: Broadening the Focus. Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit, Kabul. January 2006.
     
49.
The Collective Team, Afghans in Quetta: Settlements, Livelihoods, Support Networks and Cross-Border Linkages. Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit, Kabul. January 2006.
     
50.
The Collective Team, Afghans in Peshawar: Migration, Settlements and Social Networks. Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit, Kabul. January 2006.
     
51.
The Collective Team, Afghans in Karachi: Migration, Settlement and Social Networks. Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit, Kabul. March 2005.
     
52.
Ayesha Khan and Rabia Khan, Civil Society and Social Change in Pakistan. Mimeograph. Collective for Social Science Research, Karachi. March 2004.
Keywords: Civil Society
     
53.
The Collective Team, A Rapid Assessment of Bonded Labour in Hazardous Industries in Pakistan: Glass Bangle-making, Tanneries and Construction. Working Paper No. 21, Infocus Programme on Promoting the Declaration. International Labour Organization, Geneva. January 2004.
     
54.
The Collective Team, A Rapid Assessment of Bonded Labour in Domestic Work and Begging in Pakistan. Working Paper No. 22, Infocus Programme on Promoting the Declaration. Interational Labour Organization, Geneva. January 2004.
     
Press Publications

1.
Ayesha Khan, Understanding Honour Killing. TNS - The News on Sunday. February 2017.
     
2.
Haris Gazdar and Ayesha Khan, Bonded Labour in Domestic Work and Begging. Excerpt from Haris Gazdar and Ayesha Khan's chapter in 'Bonded Labour in Pakistan.' Dawn. August 2016.
     
3.
Ayesha Khan, Rape in Pakistan: The Real Verdict. OpenDemocracy.org. 17th May 2011.
Keywords: Gender
     
4.
Ayesha Khan, Women's Health: Poor Services. Dawn. March 2011.
Keywords: Health, Women
     
5.
Ayesha Khan, Sindh: the big picture. Dawn. September 2010.
     
6.
Ayesha Khan, Access to Rights . Dawn. August 2010.
Keywords: Women's Rights
     
7.
Ayesha Khan, Unexpected Finding. Dawn. May 2010.
Keywords: Health, Gender
     
Other Reports and Publications

1.
Ayesha Khan and Pamela Pine, Adolescent and Youth Reproductive Health in Pakistan: Status, Issues, Policies and Programs. Washington DC: USAID/Policy Project. 2003.
     
2.
Haris Gazdar, Ayesha Khan and Themrise Khan, Land Tenure Rural Livelihood And Institutional Innovation. Department for International Development, Islamabad. 2002.
     
3.
Ayesha Khan, Adolescents and Reproductive Health in Pakistan: A Literature Review, Research Report No. 11. Population Council and United Nations Population Fund, Islamabad. 2000.
4.
Gendering War Talk: 'We Are Scattered Like Seeds and the World is Full of Us', in International Feminist Journal of Politics, vol.5, no3. November, 2003.

5.
Adolescents and Youth Reproductive Health in Pakistan. Policy Project, New York, 2003.

6.
Afghan Refugee Women's Experience of Conflict and Disintegration," in Meridians: feminism, race, transnationalismvol.3, no.1. 2002.

7.
The linkages between scholarship and advocacy: from a feminist analysis of research on the Karachi conflict. Working Paper No. 80. Sustainable Development Policy Institute: Islamabad, 2002.

8.
"Song of War," in Meridians: feminism, race, transnationalism, vol.2, no.2, 2002.

9.
With H Saeed. "Legalised Cruelty, Anti-Women Laws in Pakistan," in No Paradise Yet; the World's Women Face the New Century, eds J. Mirsky and M. Radlett. Zed/ Panos, London: 2000.

10.
Muslim Feminism and Social Reform in India 1904-1940. ASR Publications, Lahore: 2000.

11.
"Mobility of Women and Access to Health and Family Planning Services in Pakistan," Reproductive Health Matters, vol.7, no. 14, November, 1999.

12.
"Policy-making in Pakistan's Population Programme," Health Policy and Planning vol.11, no.1, March, 1996.

13.
Reproductive Decision-Making in Pakistan," in Private Decisions, Public Debate: Women, Reproduction & Population, Panos, London: 1994. [Book was Winner of Population Institute's 1995 Global Media Award for Excellence in Population reporting].

14.
Women and the Pakistan Government: A Brief Policy History (1975-1998), United Nations Development Fund, Islamabad, 1998.