Madiha Waris Qureshi

Writer, editor, and communications consultant in the global development sector.

United States

Women in science: Africa needs more role models

There is inadequate encouragement of girls to pursue math and science in school. (Photo: Dominic Chavez/World Bank) UNESCO estimates that barely 30 percent of Africa's women pursue research in science and engineering fields.

On American Mosques, Disengagement, Engagement and Change

How does one resolve these two parallel realities - that while there are fewer people going to mosques than before, houses of worship can and often do help congregants integrate more into American society? Is a mosque revolution the answer?

Religion News Service
Escaping Pakistani persecution, Ahmadi activist finds refuge - and purpose - in US

WASHINGTON (RNS) - Ehsan Rehan never imagined he would end up in Washington, D.C. When he left Pakistan for the last time in 2012, his expected final destination - by way of New York - was Canada, where the then 21-year-old asylum-seeker had a network of friends and extended family waiting for him.

Thousands join Nepal protests against declaration of Chure as protected area

A series of demonstrations by thousands of residents kicked off this month in Chure to protest the Nepali Government's declaration of the heavily forested region as a protected, conservation zone in June 2014. The decision, which has not yet been fully implemented due to relentless protests by Chure's residents, will potentially affect the lives and livelihoods of five million people.

As Modi Government in India Proceeds with Economic Development Agenda, New Map Tracking Land...

With land and forest related disputes reported in at least 25 percent of India's districts, wave of conflicts around land takeovers raises questions about India's quest to become global economic power WASHINGTON, D.C. (November 25, 2014)-A new map of land conflicts in India shows that at least one quarter of India's districts are affected by some form of land conflict.

The Landscapes for People, Food and Nature Initiative
Choosing Short-Cut Development Over Rights and Equality?

Clear land tenure and rights to natural resources are generally prerequisites to successfully implementing integrated landscape approaches, in which these structures enable a long-term view of managing land to sustain people and nature.

Press Release: New Study: Global Paper Company Makes Progress, but Continues to Face Challenges...

Despite headway in addressing land rights violations made in recent years, Stora Enso has yet to fully ensure legality of all lands acquired in the past A new report reveals that Stora Enso Oyj (Stora Enso), one of the world's largest pulp and paper companies, has made substantial progress in reviewing the legality of its land acquisitions in China, but has not yet fully ensured respect for local land rights in their operations.

Current Affairs

Holding the government and army accountable

On December 18th, when news first broke that Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, a top leader of the terrorist outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and accused mastermind of the Mumbai terror attacks, was going to be released on bail, frenzy ensued.

Personal Essay/Other

Leaving the Metropolis | DWL

Seven years ago, I left the city of my birth for good. Ostensibly, my leaving was tied to the most common reason young Pakistani women emigrate: marriage. It's taken some years of introspection to see that my decision to marry when I did was a means to my exit, and not the other way around.

Literary Crowdfunding: Cracking the Code

Madiha Waris Qureshi, Prose Editor at Papercuts, and Amita Rao, Poetry Editor at Papercuts, Video. Pictures. Funding Updates. Perks! select their favorite literary campaigns on Indiegogo from the last 12 months, and reveal the secret to their success. Planning to get published through crowdfunding? The above list better mean something to you.