Tasneem Ahmar is the Director of Uks Research Centre the
a media advocacy and monitoring organization in Islamabad, Pakistan.
Ms. Ahmar is also the Executive Producer for Meri Awaz Sunno (Hear my
Voice), a rights-based, all female radio programme.
Ms. Ahmar began her career as a desk journalist at The Muslim, an
English language daily in Pakistan. She has worked at the Dawn Group of
newspapers and has held posts such as Research Associate-Women’s Study
Centre, Quaid-e-Azam University, Pakistan and Assistant Professor, Mass
Communication department, Karachi University, Pakistan. A freelance
journalist since 1986, Ms. Ahmar’s cover story on violence against women
titled “Trial by Fire” was published in an English language monthly The
Herald (September 1995) and presented at the 1995 Beijing Conference.
She has authored several research papers, and participated in many
international and regional seminars, workshops, and conferences on
issues around women, development and media. She has edited media studies
and media guides on issues ranging from violence against women, HIV and
AIDS to gender sensitivity in the media.
Ms. Ahmar holds Masters Degrees in Communication (1989) from the
University of Hawaii and Mass Communication (1978) from the University
of Karachi, Pakistan. Recipient of the 1998 Mary Morgan Hewett Award of
Excellence in Feature Writing, Ms. Ahmar will receive the Leadership in
Media Award from Internews-USA in June 2009.