Feryal Ali Gauhar
Born in: (1959)
Feryal Ali Gauhar (1959– ) is a novelist, columnist, filmmaker, actor, and a development worker. She was born and brought up in Lahore and educated at the Lahore American School. She studied abroad at McGill University, Canada, and the University of London, UK, and studied film and television at the University of Southern California. She has worked for fifteen years in development communication, focusing on marginalization, poverty, and the nexus between women and the environment. From 1999 to 2005 she was a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Population Fund. Currently, Ali Gauhar teaches the history, theory, and technology of film at Pakistan's National College of Arts, and lectures on women and development at other institutes. She is working toward a Ph.D. in cultural conservation and management. She is a contributor to Dawn, and wrote the screenplays for her two films, Pezwaan (1994) and Tibbi Galli (1997). She developed the latter into her first novel The Scent of Wet Earth in August (Penguin Books India, 2002). Her second novel, No Space for Further Burials (Women Unlimited, 2007), has been translated into French and is being translated into other European languages, Persian, and Pashto.
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Actress and filmmaker Feryal Ali Gauhar (Pakistan) was appointed UNFPA Goodwill Ambassador for her country in 1999. Trained as a political economist, her filmmaking concentrates on development issues, with a special focus on women and children. Her television roles have always highlighted the position of women in a feudal society. In her work with UNFPA, Ms. Gauhar has focused on violence and crimes against women, with a special emphasis on "honour killings." Ms. Gauhar trains the civil service in gender sensitization and addresses public forums around the country. She works with rural communities as well as the urban poor and will be working with the police and the judiciary in the area of violence towards women. Feryal Ali Gauhar read Political Economy at McGill University, Montreal; Development Communication and Film at the University of Southern California, and trained as a global leader in Reproductive and Sexual Health at the Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore. She has served as a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Population Fund until her resignation in 2004 in protest against the American and allied forces attack on Baghdad. Feryal teaches the theory, history, and technology of Film at the National College of Arts, and is currently writing her dissertation on Cultural Disarticulation and the Politics of Displacement. She serves as the Key Coordinator for the World Monuments Fund, New York, in the Conservation of the Cultural Landscape of Chilas, Gilgit Baltistan.
Ms. Ali-Gauhar trains mid-career civil servants in pubic policy for the environment at the National Institute for Public Administration in Lahore, Karachi and Peshawar, and also lectures on the role of women in economic production at the National Defense University, Islamabad.
Ms. Ali Gauhar has acted in several television serials as well as in theatre productions directed by her sister, Madeeha Gauhar. She has written, produced and directed 40 films on marginalization, and two feature length films. She has also published two award-winning novels. She is currently in the process of preparing to shoot her next feature film, based loosely on her last novel, “No Space for Further Burials”. The working title of her screenplay is: Four Rooms to Heaven
Feryal lives in Lahore with 14 cats, three donkeys, a turtle and several benign and necessary humans. Refrences:
http://www.un.org/advocates/bios2.htm , http://www.karachiliteraturefestival.org/feryal-gauhar her works for womens….
‘Peace unattainable without inclusion of women’
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