Ume-Laila Azhar is working as a Development Manager .She started her career as free lance journalist and High school teacher. She joined Aurat Foundation in 2002 and is working for women issues .A free lance journalist and a social worker working specifically in human rights issue pertaining to women in politics, economics and VAW.
Presently she is working in Home Net Pakistan as Executive Director and looking after the network all over Pakistan. Home Net Pakistan (HNP) is working for women who work at home and these women are the maximum of the deprived strata of the population of Pakistan. They need support in information, knowledge, capacity building – developing contact, presenting issues, advocacy skills, designing and marketing etc. Apart from this what they essentially want is linkages and that is of two kinds ; i) institutions and ii) individuals ; who could play a role to support them so that whatever knowledge and advocacy they are doing could possibly materialize into something concrete and tangible. iii) Net working.
Ume Laila has represented Pakistan many times at Global conference s specifically at Asia Pacific developed a paper on “Global Economic Crisis and the Working Poor: HBW of Pakistan” which was presented in Manesar India in 2009 during Impact assessment of Home based workers project in South Asia.