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Lahore, Pakistan
Joined August 2018

Musawi is an independent organization with a broad and multidisciplinary research mandate and emphasis on all facets of development in Pakistan.

Presence in: Pakistan
Focus: Citizenship, Criminal Justice, Education, Environmental Justice, Gender-based violence, Generalist Legal Services, Governance, Women's Rights

Established in March of 2018, Musawi is an organization comprising highly trained lawyers, economists and public policy specialists, who bring their diverse experiences from the practical and theoretical domains to provide a holistic and multi-disciplinary approach to each problem. Musawi has an open research mandate; the personnel in our team have worked on national and international projects pertaining to exploratory research, monitoring and evaluation, experimental design and intervention, impact assessment and survey implementation, strategic litigation on human rights, advocacy geared towards legislative and policy reform, capacity building and training assessments. Members of Musawi have experience spanning over a decade of working with the Federal and Provincial governments in Pakistan and International Organizations.

Musawi’s present thematic areas of focus include: awareness-raising on and working with local governments and communities to localize the Sustainable Development Agenda 2030; criminal justice reform, including capacity building and training of justice sector stakeholders on rule of law and human rights standards; enhancing access to justice and accountability for gender-based violence and torture; environmental justice; education – including increasing access at the primary level through monitoring and evaluation of existing donor led programs – and a separate initiative on clinical legal education in law schools.

Musawi is currently in the inception phase of developing a project on Legal Identity and Citizenship focusing on children living in slums and informal settlements and the challenge that poses for access to education at the primary level. As part of that work, Musawi will be creating a network of community based para-legals.

Musawi means equality, and that is what we strive for in all our work — equal opportunities and rights for every individual regardless of race/ethnicity, gender, religion or economic background.

People Associated With This Organization

Fatima Yasmin Bokhari

Joined August 2018
Interests: Access to Information, Citizenship, Criminal Justice, Education, Environmental Justice, Gender-based violence, Generalist Legal Services, Governance, Health
Fatima Bokhari is a legal practitioner, researcher and trainer with over 10 years of experience working on criminal justice reform, specifically focusing on gender-based rights and legal empowerment of women and marginalized groups. At present, she leads Musawi, an independent organization comprising lawyers and public policy specialists, based in Pakistan. Musawi works to support government and non-government stakeholders through research, capacity building, intervention design and monitoring and evaluation to affect evidence-based legal and policy reforms, especially in the criminal justice system and its interaction with marginalized groups.

Fatima has experience of working in leadership and advisory capacities with international and national organizations as well as federal and provincial governments. She has conducted trainings of diverse stakeholders, including parliamentarians, police, and prosecutors on human rights issues. She is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Asia Alliance Against Torture, a regional network organizations working to end impunity against torture.

Prior to joining Musawi, Fatima served as staff with the Open Society Justice Initiative (OSJI) in New York and Budapest on issues of national security and criminal justice reform in Europe and Central Asia, focusing on strategic litigation and advocacy geared towards compliance with international and regional human rights frameworks.

Fatima holds a Masters of Law (LL.M.) from Harvard Law School and an LL.M. in ‘Criminology and Criminal Justice' from the University of London. She is the author of “Accountability for Rape: A Case Study of Lodhran” – a report highlighting various legal challenges for complainants accessing justice in rape trials in Punjab, Pakistan.

Junaid Noor

Musawi (Unverified)
Joined August 2018
Interests: Citizenship, Education, Environmental Justice
Currently serving as Director, Monitoring and Evaluation at Musawi. Junaid is an Economist by training and has a decade’s experience of conducting research in both academic and field settings. He has worked extensively with the EU Punjab Access to Justice on the performance evaluation of the Legal Service Centers, Monitoring & Evaluation of the DLEC Pilot Project and Endline Evaluation Survey of the Public Awareness Campaign along with performance evaluation of public prosecutors in Punjab. He has also worked with ADS Pvt. Ltd. on review of investigative and procedural aspects of serious cases in Punjab and performance of Public Safety Commissions in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. He is also the co-author or the WWF report titled Economic Imapacts and Health Implications for Textile and Leather Industry in Pakistan.

Sevim Saadat

Musawi (Unverified)
Joined August 2018
Interests: Citizenship, Criminal Justice, Education, Environmental Justice, Gender-based violence, Women's Rights
My name is Sevim Saadat, I am a lawyer based in Pakistan. I hold an L.L.M from Cornell law school and currently I am Manager Programs at Musawi, an organization based in Pakistan. At present I am leading two projects, clinical education in Paksitan as well as the Citizenship and Identity Project. Previously, I was the Project Manager for the Legal Education Support Program – Phase I project under Arizona State University. I have worked extensively on legal education reform in Pakistan, focusing on clinical education and practical skills development for law students.
Fatima Yasmin Bokhari is the network champion (main point of contact) for Musawi.

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