Ayesha Khan

Academic Background

MA South Asian Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies, UK.
BA Philosophy, Yale University, US

Research Experience

Ayesha has been part of the Collective as a Senior Researcher since 2001. Her work covers a range of issues, in particular gender and development, social policy and conflict/refugee issues in the region. She has extensive experience in qualitative research design. Ayesha worked as a journalist in international radio, local television, newspapers and magazines from 1990-96.

Recent research studies with the Collective include a review of best practices in girls' education in an existing non-profit school system, an assessment of reproductive health knowledge amongst adolescent girls in rural Sindh, and an assessment of child protection policies and services in Pakistan.

She is currently working on a book about the women's movement in Pakistan. During fall 2016 she is a Visiting Scholar at the Contemporary South Asian Studies Program at Oxford University.

Research Interests

Women's issues with particular reference to Pakistan and Afghanistan, conflict, reproductive health, and paid work.

Reports and Publications at the Collective

  1. Haris Gazdar and Ayesha Khan, Coercion inside the home. Collective Blog. August 2016.

  2. Haris Gazdar and Ayesha Khan, Bonded Labour in Domestic Work and Begging. Excerpt from Haris Gazdar and Ayesha Khan's chapter in 'Bonded Labour in Pakistan' featured in Dawn. August 2016.

  3. Ayesha Khan, The price of political Islam. Collective Blog. December 2015.

  4. Ayesha Khan, Bringing real change for women. Collective Blog. April 2015.

  5. Ayesha Khan, DNA and the Pursuit of Justice. Collective Blog. January 2015.

  6. Ayesha Khan, "The black spot on the radiant face of Islam" : Muslim Family Laws Ordinances 1961. Collective Blog. October 2014.

  7. Naila Kabeer and Ayesha Khan, Cultural Values or Universal Rights? Women's Narratives of Compliance and Contestation in Urban Afghanistan. Feminist Economics, Volume 20, Issue 3, 1 -24. June 2014.

    Keywords: Gender

  8. Ayesha Khan, Paid Work as a Pathway of Empowerment: Pakistan's Lady Health Worker Programme. in A. Cornwall and J. Edwards, eds. Feminisms, Empowerment and Development: Changing Women's Lives. London. Zed Books. March 2014.

    Keywords: Gender , Health

  9. Ayesha Khan, Reproductive Health Knowledge and Perceptions: A Rapid Assessment in Four Villages in Sindh. Indus Resource Centre, Karachi. February 2014.

  10. Ayesha Khan, Induced Abortion in Pakistan: Community-Based Research. Journal of Pakistan Medical Association, vol.63, no..4 (Suppl 3), pp. S27-S32. April 2013.

  11. Ayesha Khan, Asad Sayeed, Fatima Haider and Sidra Kamran, Child Protection System Mapping and Assessment 2013 - Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa. UNICEF. March 2013.

  12. Ayesha Khan, Asad Sayeed, Saba Shaikh, Asad Jamal and Sidra Kamran, Child Protection System Mapping and Assessment 2013 - Punjab. UNICEF. January 2013.

  13. Asad Sayeed, Ayesha Khan, Fatima Haider and Sidra Kamran, Child Protection System Mapping and Assessment - Sindh. UNICEF. December 2012.

  14. Asad Sayeed, Ayesha Khan and Sidra Kamran, Child Protection System Mapping and Assessment - Balochistan. UNICEF. December 2012.

  15. Ayesha Khan, Democracy and Women's Rights: Pakistan's Progress (2007-2012). Pakistan NGO Alternative Report on CEDAW 2005-2009 (With Updated Notes 2009-2012). Islamabad: Aurat Foundation Publication and Information Service. 2012.

  16. Ayesha Khan, Social Science Research and Engagement in Pakistan. in Arlene B. Tickner and David L. Blaney, eds., Thinking International Relations Differently. London and New York: Routledge. 2012.

  17. Haris Gazdar, Ayesha Khan and Saman Qureshi, Causes and Implications of Induced Abortion in Pakistan: A Social and Economic Analysis. Karachi. Collective for Social Science Research. June 2012.

  18. Ayesha Khan and Sarah Zaman, The Criminal Justice System and Rape: An Attitudinal Study of the Public Sector's Response to Rape in Karachi. War Against Rape (WAR) and Collective for Social Science Research. 2012.

    Keywords: Gender

  19. Ayesha Khan, Age at Marriage and Child-bearing in Pakistan. Social Science and Policy Bulletin, Lahore School of Management Sciences, vol. 2 no.3: 13-18. 2011.

  20. Ayesha Khan and Saman Qureshi, Researching Forced Migration in Pakistan: An Introduction to Research Ethics, Quantitative and Qualitative Methods. Community Appraisal and Motivation Programme. 2011. Islamabad: CAMP. 2011.

  21. Naila Kabeer, Ayesha Khan and Naysan Adlparvar, Afghan Values or Women's Rights? Gendered Narratives about Continuity and Change in Urban Afghanistan. IDS Working Paper 387, Brighton. Institute for Development Studies, University of Sussex. December 2011.

    Keywords: Gender

  22. Ayesha Khan, Lady Health Worker and Social Changes in Pakistan. Volume 46 No.30. Economic and Political Weekly. July 23, 2011.

    Keywords: Gender

  23. Ayesha Khan, Rape in Pakistan: the real verdict. Published on openDemocracy.org. 17th May 2011.

    Keywords: Gender

  24. Ayesha Khan, Women's health: poor services. Published on Dawn.com. 1st March 2011.

    Keywords: Gender

  25. Ayesha Khan, Sindh: the big picture. Dawn. 9th September 2010.

  26. Ayesha Khan, Access to rights . Dawn. August 11 2010.

  27. Ayesha Khan, Women and Paid Work in Pakistan in F. Azim and M. Sultan, eds. Mapping Women's Empowerment. Dhaka: University Press Limited (UPL) and BRAC Development Institute (BDI) 2010

    Keywords: Gender , Labour

  28. Ayesha Khan, Unexpected Finding. Dawn. May 2010.

    Keywords: Health , Gender

  29. Haris Gazdar, Ayesha Khan and Saman Qureshi, Measuring the Economic Costs of Unsafe Abortion Mortality and Morbidity in Pakistan: Preliminary Findings and Survey Design. Collective For Social Science Research, Karachi. January 2010.

    Keywords: Health , Gender

  30. Ayesha Khan, Using the Event Cycle Approach for Research and Programmes, Resource Brief No.2. Collective for Social Science Research, Karachi. June 2009.

    Keywords: Health , Gender

  31. Ayesha Khan, Unsafe Abortion-Related Morbidity and Mortality in Pakistan: Findings from a Literature Review. Research Output No. 2. Collective for Social Science Research, Karachi. March 2009.

    Keywords: Health , Gender

  32. Ayesha Khan, Women's Empowerment and the Lady Health Worker Programme in Pakistan. Collective for Social Science Research, Karachi. December 2008.

  33. Ayesha Khan, Haris Gazdar and Shama Mohammed, Measuring the Economic Costs of Unsafe Abortion Related Morbidity and Mortality in Pakistan: A Review of Methodology and Approach. Research Output No.1. Collective for Social Science Research, Karachi. November 2008.

    Keywords: Health , Gender

  34. Ayesha Khan, The Relevance of Research: Social Science as Local/Global Resistance. International Studies Association, Chicago, Illinois. 2007.

  35. Ayesha Khan, Women and Paid Work in Pakistan. Collective for Social Science Research, Karachi. March 2007.

    Keywords: Labour , Gender

  36. Ayesha Khan, Deja vu: The Fantasy of Being Military Rule in Pakistan. in eds. R. Riley and N. Inayatullah, Interrogating Imperialism: Conversations on Gender, Race and War. Palgrave Macmillan, New York. 2007.

  37. The Collective Team, Afghans in Pakistan: Broadening the Focus. Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit, Kabul. January 2006.

  38. The Collective Team, Afghans in Quetta: Settlements, Livelihoods, Support Networks and Cross-Border Linkages. Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit, Kabul. January 2006.

  39. The Collective Team, Afghans in Peshawar: Migration, Settlements and Social Networks. Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit, Kabul. January 2006.

  40. The Collective Team, Afghans in Karachi: Migration, Settlement and Social Networks. Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit, Kabul. March 2005.

  41. Ayesha Khan and Rabia Khan, Civil Society and Social Change in Pakistan. Mimeograph. Collective for Social Science Research, Karachi. March 2004.

    Keywords: Civil Society

  42. The Collective Team, A Rapid Assessment of Bonded Labour in Hazardous Industries in Pakistan: Glass Bangle-making, Tanneries and Construction. Working Paper No. 21, Infocus Programme on Promoting the Declaration. International Labour Organization, Geneva. January 2004.

  43. The Collective Team, A Rapid Assessment of Bonded Labour in Domestic Work and Begging in Pakistan. Working Paper No. 22, Infocus Programme on Promoting the Declaration. Interational Labour Organization, Geneva. January 2004.

Other Reports and Publications

  1. Ayesha Khan and Pamela Pine, Adolescent and Youth Reproductive Health in Pakistan: Status, Issues, Policies and Programs. Washington DC: USAID/Policy Project. 2003.

  2. Haris Gazdar, Ayesha Khan and Themrise Khan, Land Tenure Rural Livelihood And Institutional Innovation. Department for International Development, Islamabad. 2002.

  3. Ayesha Khan, Adolescents and Reproductive Health in Pakistan: A Literature Review, Research Report No. 11. Population Council and United Nations Population Fund, Islamabad. 2000.

  4.
Gendering War Talk: 'We Are Scattered Like Seeds and the World is Full of Us', in International Feminist Journal of Politics, vol.5, no3. November, 2003.

  5. Adolescents and Youth Reproductive Health in Pakistan. Policy Project, New York, 2003.

  6. "Afghan Refugee Women's Experience of Conflict and Disintegration," in Meridians: feminism, race, transnationalismvol.3, no.1. 2002.

  7. The linkages between scholarship and advocacy: from a feminist analysis of research on the Karachi conflict. Working Paper No. 80. Sustainable Development Policy Institute: Islamabad, 2002.

  8. "Song of War," in Meridians: feminism, race, transnationalism, vol.2, no.2, 2002.

  9. With H Saeed. "Legalised Cruelty, Anti-Women Laws in Pakistan," in No Paradise Yet; the World's Women Face the New Century, eds J. Mirsky and M. Radlett. Zed/ Panos, London: 2000.

  10. Muslim Feminism and Social Reform in India 1904-1940. ASR Publications, Lahore: 2000.

  11. "Mobility of Women and Access to Health and Family Planning Services in Pakistan," Reproductive Health Matters, vol.7, no. 14, November, 1999.

  12. "Policy-making in Pakistan's Population Programme," Health Policy and Planning vol.11, no.1, March, 1996.

  13. Reproductive Decision-Making in Pakistan," in Private Decisions, Public Debate: Women, Reproduction & Population, Panos, London: 1994. [Book was Winner of Population Institute's 1995 Global Media Award for Excellence in Population Reporting].

  14. Women and the Pakistan Government: A Brief Policy History (1975-1998), United Nations Development Fund, Islamabad, 1998.