Shaheen Sardar Ali is Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Peshawar, Pakistan and Reader, School of Law, University of Warwick, UK. Currently, she is Minister for Health, Population, Welfare and Women's Development, Government of the North West Frontier Province of Pakistan. She is Chairperson of the National Commission on Women in Pakistan. She has an LLM and a PhD in international human rights law from the University of Hull, UK. Her areas of research and publication include Islamic law, gender issues, human rights and international law, minority rights and child rights. Her recent book, published by Kluwer Law International, is entitled Gender and Human Rights in Islam and International Law: Equal before Allah; Unequal before Man?.
Pauline Gardiner Barber is Associate Professor of Social Anthropology, Women's Studies and International Development Studies at Dalhousie University, Canada. Dr Gardiner Barber's research explores issues of culture and political economy, expressed locally and in globalizing forms. Her published work discusses livelihoods, culture and class politics in industrial Cape Breton and the Philippines. She has been involved in gender and development projects in relation to sustainable livelihoods, primarily in the Philippines and Indonesia. She is currently researching the discursive and social class implications of Philippine gendered labour migration, transnationalism and diaspora. She is writing a monograph entitled: No/Maids: Silent Subjects of Philippine Migration.
Marella Bodur is currently a doctoral candidate and a sessional lecturer in the Department of Political Science at Carleton University, Canada. She received her BA in English Language and Literature and her MA in Political Science and International Relations from Boaziçi University, Istanbul, Turkey. Her main research interests are gender and politics in the Middle East and the relationship between social movements, feminism and democracy. She is currently completing her dissertation on women's movements and democracy in Turkey.