By Rimsha Ali Shah
“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they have none”
As a woman from a country that put a female head of state on the map back in the 1990’s, Hina Fatima knew the same political fire resided in the women around her, and through her extensive professional career experience with multiple women’s campaigns her conviction that women indeed play a vital role in national development was proven time and time again. During her Legislative Fellowship in the U.S. under World Learning, Fatima discovered a political arena whose tangents solidified her understanding of the paralysis that often stunted the political progress of women: inadequate training on gender-sensitive governance.
Upon her return to Pakistan, Fatima set to work designing a workshop focused solely on training men and women on the theme of “Gender Sensitive Governance for Local Governments,” which developed five comprehensive workshops. This was made possible with the help of an alumni small grant. All alumni of various U.S. government sponsored exchange programs in Pakistan are eligible to apply for the grant of up to $5,000 USD from the Pakistan-U.S. Alumni Network (PUAN) to enable them to give back to their communities.