As Pakistani women born in 1979 in the Kashmir, Farhat Asif has lived her entire life in this region affected by conflict. The conflict has heavily influenced her life and work, and inspired her to found the Institute of Peace and Diplomatic Studies where she promotes peace and women’s rights through education.
Aside from academic research and training, Assif focuses on playing a leading role in developing a multi-sectoral approach to further the WPS agenda as stated in the UN1325. Through her center, she aims at bringing together academics, scholars, practitioners, activists and policy makers while providing them with a safe space to bring together their work and efforts to have a bigger impact on women’s lives in the region. They focus on ensuring and enhancing women’s participation and women’s roles in different spheres of Pakistani social political and economic agendas.