Southern Asia Region
Qadeer Baig and Imran Haider of Rutgers Pakistan will lead the Southern Asia Regional Caucus. Learn more about them, their passion for advocacy, and what to expect at the caucus.
Qadeer Baig is the Country Representative for Rutgers Pakistan. For the last nine years, he has been developing and leading comprehensive sexuality education programs in Pakistan for public schools, religious schools and for out-of-school adolescents. With years of experience in NGO management and numerous publications to his name, he is now devoting his skills to advocacy and education on gender-based violence and engaging men in sexual and reproductive health issues and eradicating child marriages. He previously represented civil society as part of the official delegations for the UN Commission on Population & Development on the Millennium Development Goals and Sustainable Development Goals and as a member of the global expert group on Comprehensive Sexuality Education and Child and Early Forced Marriages.
“Young girls and women in Pakistan are victims of society, with limited mobility and access to resources due to the social structures that they are brought up in. This means they are not empowered enough to protect themselves against sexual abuse and harassment, gender based violence and discrimination. This is why we are joining hands with the people and groups working for a gender just society.”
Imran Haider is a technical advisor for Rutgers Pakistan. He plans, develops and implements comprehensive sexuality education-related initiatives. As a gender expert, he focuses on programming for numerous issues – including child marriage, teenage pregnancy and comprehensive sexuality education. He has degrees in sociology and anthropology and is currently pursuing his PhD in Sociology.
“The most important thing we can do is to build the capacity of young girls by providing them with accurate information and appropriate skills for effective communication and community mobilization. The rest they will do themselves to change this world.”
What to expect at the caucus:
The caucus will be an opportunity to bring together a unique cross-section of like-minded individuals from across the region. It will focus on critical policy and resource issues related to the Regional Action Plan to End Child Marriages in South Asia. Based on the caucus discussions, participants will develop a call to action for country-level policymakers to prioritize and financially support the plan. The gathering will also provide a platform to share regional experiences, develop future advocacy agendas, and to learn from the experts who are working in various areas across our region.