Today in the International Women’s day #YLAIEmpowers

#YLAIEmpowers Women

When women lead, we all succeed.



The YLAI Network is starting an initiative to raise awareness about challenges women face in becoming leaders in business and in their communities. Over the next few weeks, we will be exploring strategies and resources to help support women taking on leadership roles, discussing what both men and women can do to show their support, and sharing stories from individuals who have overcome some of these challenges.

Together, we hope to help create more leadership opportunities for women and to remove barriers to women and girls taking on leadership roles.

AN EARLY BELL TO NEW FELLOWS: how to make the “year-long” fellowship more meaningful.

NEW FELLOWS: An early bell to straighten your path

NEW FELLOWS: An early bell to straighten your path

In what seemed like a dream unfolding into a hazy reality, my acceptance into the Atlas Corps fellowship was the best thing that happened to me in 2016. Finding it hard to tender my resignation to my previous organization, I only jumbled together few handover notes and updates on pending tasks at the dire moment; all because I worked till the last moment (few days before my trip to the USA) to ease transition for the incoming Communications Lead. Just in a day, I packed my clothes-most of which I personally designed- and clutched few reading materials, all set for the year-long fellowship.

Learning about the Youth Potential at the Latin American Youth Center

I could hardly wait to conduct the workshop at the Latin American Youth Center (LAYC). Prior to this day I reached out to Lina del Pilar Bocanegra – an Atlas Corps Fellow from Colombia serving at this organization about designing and facilitating a workshop. It was intended to help the kids from the marginalized community get a new perspective by meeting me – someone from a different country and by hearing my life’s story. It was also very appealing to me as it would give me a new perspective about how this organization worked and understand how the children from this community were supported by United States of America through this organization. Thanks to Lina as she was absolutely supportive while designing and conducting the workshop!

THREE MONTHS IN THE USA: An experience worth sharing

Growing up as a child, one country was always top of our wish list as we were made to believe that barely making it to that country means you’re forever rich. The beauty of the streets and automated systems (mostly seen in movies) not only  left an indelible ink on our minds but made tons of young people dream, daze and forever feel incomplete without the opportunity to visit or even stay in this land. To a greater extent, this country (one of the super-world powers) is just like every other country comprising rich and poor people, modern and traditional houses, peaks and valleys, and inequality just as wide as one can hardly imagine.



Hailing from Sierra Leone, a looming relic of a nation that had been through the brunt of a decade civil war and an Ebola outbreak that claimed many lives, just makes me a resilient soul with passion to one day put smile on the faces of the vulnerable and most marginalized of societies.

Gender Gap Index Report and Pakistan


It has been 69 years since this country, Pakistan, came into being by demanding and fighting for the right to an independent existence. During this time, we have had a woman Prime Minister and we have heard stories from our parents about how women used to ride bicycles and wear whatever they wanted. According to the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Global Gender Gap Report 2016, Pakistan ranks 143 out of 144 countries in the gender inequality index, way behind Bangladesh and India which rank 72nd and 87th respectively. Pakistan is also the worst performing state in South Asia and has been for the last couple of years, while Sri Lanka ranks 100th, Nepal 110th, the Maldives 115th and Bhutan 121st. The only country ranked below Pakistan is Yemen (144), while Syria is one place ahead at 142. Pakistan ranked 112th in 2006, the first year of the report. Since then, its position has been deteriorating every year. Pakistan ranked 135th in 2013, 141st in 2014 and 143rd in 2015. The report captures progress towards parity between men and women in four areas: educational attainment, health and survival, economic opportunity and political empowerment. In its latest edition, the report finds that progress towards parity in the economic pillar has slowed dramatically with the gap — which stands at 59pc — now larger than at any point since 2008. Iceland took the top spot for the 8th consecutive year, followed by Finland in second and Norway in third place. Several developing and emerging markets have also made it into the top 20, but the United States ranks 45.

Depoliticizing Religion in Pakistan (Part-01)

Religion VS Politics

Pakistan is 6th most populous country in world with 200 million human beings predominantly Muslims, 95-97%, 75% Sunni Muslims and 25% Shia Muslims, and remaining 3-5% are the followers of other faiths mainly Christianity, Hinduism and Sikhism. But ironically, Pakistan has become one of the religiously most sensitive country in the world where unrest and prejudice is at peak, not only among the followers of different faiths but also within the Muslims who constitute 95-97% of total population out of which 75% are Sunni Muslims and 25% Shia Muslims. These conflicts and unrest between different religions and further their schools of thought or denominations is not a latest story but it sparked immediately after the independence of Pakistan on 14 August 1947 when some Muslim religious leaders, who even opposed the Pakistan movement, started to impose their own versions and ideologies of Islam in state legislations and preachings advocating Pakistan exclusively a state for Muslims with hatred and prejudice against religious minorities, which was also the negation of the vision of Muhammad Ali Jinnah (late), the founder of Pakistan, who used to address the nation for equality, justice and tolerance irrespective of religion, caste, or creed.

Child Abduction and Balochistan

Child Abduction is the offense of wrongfully removing or wrongfully retaining, detaining or concealing a child or baby. Abduction is defined as taking away a person by persuasion, by fraud, or by open force or violence.

According to cruel numbers data report published by Sahil, Child abductions and kidnappings are on the increase, with almost 1386 reported cases in the past year’s averaging the daily abduction of 4 children per day of which 127 children’s were abducted from Balochistan.


Balochistan is the largest province in Pakistan, covering around 45% of the country and it has a population of 7.5 million people. It is also one of the least developed regions of the country with a literacy rate of around 27%. Gender discrimination exists too. The number of boys attending school is low at 50% but only 5% of girls in the region have the opportunity to attend school. This situation results in a very low level of female literacy in the region and very poor living conditions for families. Scouting is strong in Balochistan and the number of Scouts has risen from 30,000 in 1996 to 70,000 in 2004. Boy scouts, who are in the adolescent age-range, receive training on importance of education, child rights, data collection and interpersonal communication skills.

Enabling resiliency through public & private partnerships

Partnerships are at the center of effective humanitarian work. Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) are collaborative agreements between State-run or public entities, corporate sector and civil society organizations. By working with private entities, the humanitarian community can benefit in many ways, such as making better use of technological innovation and expertise.