Aaisha Saeed


BS (Social Sciences & Liberal Arts)

Faculty / School

Faculty of Business Administration (FBA)


Department of Social Sciences & Liberal Arts

Date of Award


Date of Submission



Dr. Nausheen H. Anwar, Professor, Department of Social Sciences

Project Type

SSLA Culminating Experience

Access Type

Restricted Access


This thesis studies the workings of the feminist collective Girls at Dhabas, who aim to reclaim public spaces for women that women have been traditionally excluded from in Pakistan. Girls at Dhabas are very careful about labeling themselves as an activist group or a movement because of their scale and scope. The thesis challenges their hesitation to label themselves as activists, and argues that their activities can be classified as activism despite their reservations. This methodology employed for this purpose is an ethnography of the events and activities carried out by Girls at Dhabas as well as content analysis of photographs for comparison with self labelled feminist activist movements in Pakistan. A historical trajectory of women’s movements in Pakistan from the colonial times to the present, through different sociopolitical eras, sets up the context out of which Girls at Dhabas emerge from. This also helps in placing Girls at Dhabas within the larger discourse of women’s movement in Pakistan.



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