• Tasneem Ahmar completed her Masters in Mass Communication at the University of Karachi (1978) and Masters in Communication at the University of Hawaii in 1990. She enrolled for the Ph.D programme in "Communication and Cultural Studies", with the National College of Arts, Lahore in 2000. Her areas of special interest are media monitoring, advocacy and training on women and human rights, political rights, HIV/AIDS, health, violence against women and education.
  • Since 1997, she has been Director of the Uks Research Resource and Publication Centre on Women and Media, Islamabad Centre, designing and organizing seminars, conferences and workshops, conducting research/studies (field and desk); writing reports on various development issues; watching the media, providing training in gender sensitization and awareness. From May 2003, she has been working with Internews-USA as Executive Producer for the Uks radio Project, leading a team of four women radio journalists in producing a weekly 30-minute Urdu language radio programme, interviewing personalities, producing features and discussion programmes on women and social issues.
  • She was Director of the Overseas Research Center of the American Institute of Pakistan Studies, (AIPS), of Wake Forest University, North Carolina, USA (1996-1997) representing the AIPS before agencies and officials of Government of Pakistan and the academic institutions of Pakistan, and maintaining a good working relationship and liaison with US agencies like United States Education Foundation in Pakistan (USEF/P), United States Information Services (USIS), and the Embassy of the United States. Prior to that she had been Research Associate, Center for Women's Studies at the Quaid- i-Azam University, Islamabad (1992-96) and Assistant Professor at the Department of Mass Communication. University of Karachi (1986 - 1992). She has had responsibility for maintaining a research and resource materials section on gender and human rights issues, and for the development of a curriculum on Women and literature, and Women and Media for Master's degree programme in Women's Studies. She taught courses to graduate and post-graduate students on Development Communication and Practical Journalism. She been responsible for guiding and preparing graduate and postgraduate students for field research, especially gender-based community outreach and development research
  • As a freelance writer and journalist she wrote numerous articles, features and series on development, especially women's issues. These included "Modern Women Writers", published in Women's Own from January 1987 to August 1988. She was Senior sub Editor for 'The Star' (Herald Publications Limited) in Karachi (1982-1985), and for the "Muslim", Islamabad (1978-82)
  • She has conducted numerous consultancy assignments, for among others the Election Commission of Pakistan and UNDP (December 2003- March 2004); for the Government of Pakistan, as Media Adviser for drafting communication strategies on information dissemination on PRSP (Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper) with special focus on gender components of poverty reduction. She participated in studies on the formulation and implementation of a Gender Sensitive Code of Ethics for the Print Media, and in promoting media awareness of HIV/AIDS issues, and awareness of drug abuse in Pakistan (with the UN International Drug Control Program 1999) and the Panos Institute (South Asia) (1998).
  • For the Media South Asia Project, she wrote a Country Profile of the Media in Pakistan and conducted field research on the use of the media in Pakistan as well as interviews with leading media practitioners.
  • Tasneem Ahmar has regularly attended and presented papers at conferences and seminars in Pakistan and abroad - in the Philippines, India, Turkey, Malaysia and Hawaii. Among scholarships and awards given to her, she was awarded the Mary Morgan Hewett Certificate of Excellence in Feature Writing, (1998) in an open competition for all EWC (East-West Center, Hawaii) female grantee women (past and present) throughout the world.

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