Ayesha Amin, a social entrepreneur and a gender justice activist who is the Founder of Baithak – Challenging Taboos was invited as an expert speaker to deliver a speech at the United Nations in New York City during the 67th Session of Commission on Status of Women (CSW67).
Ayesha was part of an international experts panel for the first ever Youth Interactive Dialogue at the most prestigious global conference for women celebrated by member nations across the world. Speaking at the Youth Interactive Dialogue, she represented Pakistan with honor and pride as she wrote the history in the first ever CSW convening that formally included young leaders in official negotiations at the headquarters of the United Nations in the U.S.
Ayesha through her organization, Baithak, works for women’s access to sexual and reproductive health and rights in Pakistan. Since 2018, Baithak has impacted the lives of over 200,000 girls and women across Pakistan, particularly in the country’s rural south, Sindh. Baithak’s recent initiative, Gul, is an Artificial Intelligence powered voice assistant that provides reproductive health information to people in rural communities (using local languages) via WhatsApp. Baithak’s work, particularly Gul, has been acknowledged by several international agencies including the United Nations in Pakistan, UNWomen, and UNFPA.
Ayesha’s speech at the global agency’s headquarters emphasized on the importance of expanding tech access to girls and women in marginalized communities and on making digitals spaces for women as the world moves forth towards digitalisation.
“As we fight to close the gender gap in digital access, we are leaving girls and women in marginalized communities far, far back. Tech access is a necessity, it should not be a luxury or a privilege for some. There is a huge need for investments in policies and solutions that can localize technology, that can be available in languages people understand, that can leverage audio and visuals for users with low literacy, and that can make tech models inclusive for girlsand women who are in these marginalized communities,” said Ayesha Amin at the Youth Interactive Dialogue, CSW 67.
CSW is the principal policy making organ for gender equality and is the world’s biggest gathering on the advancement of women’s rights. During CSW67, Ayesha met the Executive Director of UN Women, state representatives and ministers from different countries, UN representatives, the UN Women team, and civil society
advocates and activists and engaged in negotiations for safe, accessible, inclusive, and meaningful technology access for girls and women.
Amin is an award winning social entrepreneur with over ten years of experience of working with national as well as international organizations and forums in the field of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR), Menstrual Health, and Gender Based Violence. She is among one of the few Fulbright Scholars from Sindh with MS in Social Policy from the prestigious Ivy League institute, the University of Pennsylvania. She is a member of UNWomen 30 for 2030; a network of most eminent gender equality advocates and thought leaders from across Asia and Pacific that serves an advisory role to the UN Women Asia and Pacific office. She also recently received an award from the President of Pakistan, Dr.Arif Alvi.