Candidate for PhD [by Published Works], Institute of Development Studies, UK
MA South Asian Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies, UK
BA Philosophy, Yale University, USA
Ayesha researches gender, politics, social policy, reproductive health and other development issues. She recently worked on the Pakistan component of an international research collaboration to understand the impact of Covid-19 on family life using online ethnographic methodologies. In partnership with Action for Empowerment and Accountability, an international research programme, she explored how social and political action can contribute to empowerment and accountability in fragile, conflict, and violent settings.
Ayesha has served on the governing bodies of leading non-governmental organizations working on women’s issues. She participates in advocacy-related task forces to influence government policy, and teaches part-time at the IBA in Karachi. Her book The Women’s Movement in Pakistan: Activism, Islam and Democracy. (2018) highlights the historic significance of the movement and its continued relevance today. It was reviewed in Gender and Development and Women’s History Review and other publications.
She is currently on leave from the Collective.
Gender, politics, social policy, reproductive health, qualitative research methodology.
Ayesha Khan, "Pakistan: Gendered protests during Covid-19". paper at panel ‘Navigating Civic Spaces Under Covid’, ISTR Global Virtual Conference. July 2021.
Ayesha Khan, Pakistan's National Commission on the Status of Women: A Sandwich Strategy Initiative. May 2021.
Ayesha Khan, Sara Malkani and Komal Qidwai, Impact of Covid-19 on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in Sindh. Collective for Social Science Research, Center for Reproductive Rights. November 2020.
Ayesha Khan, Navigating Civic Spaces in Pakistan Baseline Report. Collective for Social Science Research. September 2020.
Ayesha Khan, Where Does the Global Women’s Movement Go Now? Collective Blog. December 2019.
Ayesha Khan, Reproductive rights. Collective Blog. June 2019.
Ayesha Khan, Women activists and their turn to the courts. Collective Blog. May 2019.
Ayesha Khan, How Aid has helped Pakistan’s Women’s Movement achieve Political Breakthroughs. From Poverty to Power, Oxfam Blog. October 2018.
Ayesha Khan, Which is worse: corruption or misogyny? Collective Blog. August 2018.
Ayesha Khan, Rest in Power, Asma Jahangir. Collective Blog. February 2018.
Ayesha Khan, Pakistani politics: Where are the women? Collective Blog. October 2017.
Ayesha Khan, Pakistan's Jirgas: Buying Peace at the Expense of Women's Rights? Collective Blog. July 2017.
Ayesha Khan, The Price of Political Islam. Collective Blog. December 2015.
Ayesha Khan, Bringing Real Change for Women. Collective Blog. April 2015.
Ayesha Khan, DNA and the Pursuit of Justice. Collective Blog. January 2015.
Ayesha Khan, "The black spot on the radiant face of Islam" : Muslim Family Laws Ordinances 1961. Collective Blog. October 2014.
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.
Ayesha Khan, Reproductive Health Knowledge and Perceptions: A Rapid Assessment in Four Villages in Sindh. Indus Resource Centre, Karachi. February 2014.
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.
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.
Ayesha Khan, Social Science Research and Engagement in Pakistan. in A. B. Tickner and D. L. Blaney, eds., Thinking International Relations Differently. London and New York: Routledge. 2012.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ayesha Khan, Lady Health Worker and Social Changes in Pakistan. Volume 46 No.30. Economic and Political Weekly. July 23, 2011.
Ayesha Khan, Women and Paid Work in Pakistan in F. Azim and M. Sultan, eds. Mapping Women's Empowerment. Experiences from Bangladesh, India and Pakistan Dhaka: University Press Limited (UPL) and BRAC Development Institute (BDI) 2010
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.
Ayesha Khan, Using the Event Cycle Approach for Research and Programmes, Resource Brief No.2. Collective for Social Science Research, Karachi. June 2009.
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.
Ayesha Khan, Women's Empowerment and the Lady Health Worker Programme in Pakistan. Collective for Social Science Research, Karachi. December 2008.
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.
Ayesha Khan, Women and Paid Work in Pakistan. Collective for Social Science Research, Karachi. March 2007.
The Collective Team, Afghans in Pakistan: Broadening the Focus. Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit, Kabul. January 2006.
The Collective Team, Afghans in Quetta: Settlements, Livelihoods, Support Networks and Cross-Border Linkages. Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit, Kabul. January 2006.
The Collective Team, Afghans in Peshawar: Migration, Settlements and Social Networks. Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit, Kabul. January 2006.
The Collective Team, Afghans in Karachi: Migration, Settlement and Social Networks. Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit, Kabul. March 2005.
Keywords: Civil Society
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.
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.
Ayesha Khan, Understanding Honour Killing. TNS - The News on Sunday. February 2017.
Ayesha Khan, Rape in Pakistan: The Real Verdict. OpenDemocracy.org. 17th May 2011.
Ayesha Khan, Women's Health: Poor Services. Dawn. March 2011.
Ayesha Khan, Sindh: the big picture. Dawn. September 2010.
Ayesha Khan, Access to Rights . Dawn. August 2010.
Keywords: Women's Rights
Ayesha Khan, Unexpected Finding. Dawn. May 2010.
Ayesha Khan, Adolescents and Reproductive Health in Pakistan: A Literature Review, Research Report No. 11. Population Council and United Nations Population Fund, Islamabad. 2000.
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.|