Rehaii: A Film Screening and Discussion on Gender and Economics in Pakistan

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March 31, 2014 - 4:00 pm

1030 15th Street, NW, 12th Floor (West Elevators)
Washington, DC

A discussion with
Roshaneh Zafar
Managing Director
Kashf Foundation

Zainab Saeed
Manager of Internal and External Engagement
Kashf Foundation

Moderated by
Huma Haque
Associate Director, South Asia Center
Atlantic Council

Media are a powerful lever in creating awareness about social issues and bringing about a change in thinking and mindset. Kashf Foundation, one of Pakistan’s first specialized microfinance institutions, produced and aired a fifteen-episode television show in Pakistan on gender issues and have also produced a feature film on the subject. The Atlantic Council's South Asia Center is proud to host a screening of Rehaii, followed by a moderated discussion on the outcomes and learning from the project. Roshaneh Zafar, managing director, Kashf Foundation and Zainab Saeed, manager of internal and external engagement, Kashf Foundation will share their first-hand perspectives.


Roshaneh Zafar is a graduate of the Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania and also holds a master's degree in development economics from Yale University. She has worked with the World Bank as a women-in-development associate in the water and sanitation sectors. Zafar founded Kashf Foundation in 1996 after a chance meeting with Professor Yunus, and has also founded the Kashf Microfinance Bank in 2008. She has been representing Kashf and Pakistan in many international forums, including the World Economic Forum, and has been the recipient of many international and national awards. She serves on the board of Sahil, Women's World Bank, and Karvaan Krafts, while also serving as director on the Board of Engro Foods.

Zainab Saeed has a post-graduate degree in development studies from the London School of Economics and an undergraduate degree in sociology from the Lahore University of Management Sciences. Saeed has been working with Kashf Foundation since 2008 and has represented Kashf and microfinance at numerous forums nationally and internationally. Saeed has extensive experience with field work and translating learning from the field into policymaking. She has also been a part of the visiting faculty at the Lahore School of Economics and adjunct faculty at the Lahore University of Management Sciences. 

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