Ghazal Zulfiqar’s research is focused on analyzing the different approaches to global and local advocacy for marginalized women workers in the informal economies of the Global South.
Ghazal is Assistant Professor at the Suleman Dawood School of Business, the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), Pakistan. Ghazal has a PhD in Public Policy from the University of Massachusetts, Boston, an MSc in Development Finance from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and an MBA from the Institute of Business Administration (IBA), University of Karachi, Pakistan. Prior to entering academia, she worked on infrastructure finance at Citigroup UK and Pakistan and then moved to organizing small family farmers in rural Arkansas. She has been using this experience to explore the themes of finance, gender and poverty, but her main line of research currently focuses on women in the informal economy and the local and transnational advocacy networks that seek to ameliorate their marginalization. For the past few years, Ghazal has been studying homebased women workers and domestic workers in Pakistan and is now analyzing the work of NGOs, trade unionists and labor ministries in addressing the isolation and vulnerabilities inherent in informal work for poor women. She is concerned with identifying advocacy processes with a transformative feminist politics, that is, processes that genuinely and sustainably provide a democratic space where the women develop voice and agency, taking control of their lives and livelihoods.
Advocacy Networks and Modes of Organizing: Mobilizing Pakistan’s Women Informal Workers